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The things geeks do: a telescope wearing a boxing glove, and an example of "screw lab safety, I want superpowers."
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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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Now funding on Kickstarter: an anthology of asexual fairy tales with illustrations.  :D 3q3q3q!!! 

I definitely want the hardcopy.  I am considering whether I want to bump up to the next level and also get two signed prints of the artwork.

If you want there to be more acefic in the world, go check out this project.  Fairytales are for everyone!  And the author is right, some of those things were already ace as hell, it doesn't take much to highlight that.
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Well, sort of.  Ketamine works for treating resistant depression in some people, but both the side effects and the stigma cause significant problems.

This really makes me want to get into Terramagne and write about a character with depression and horse traits.  Because ketamine's main use is, in fact, for large animals.  It's safer for them than a lot of other drugs -- particularly for skittish prey animals who are otherwise prone to spook and bash themselves into walls or trample nearby humans.  So it stands to reason that while antidepressants might work much less well on equine-human persons, ketamine might work quite a lot better.  That doesn't necessarily mean it has no side effects, but it's probably a reliable way of damping down the depression.  One of many ways in which soups, especially primal soups, can have very different reactions to stuff than ordinary humans do.  And yet, truth told, it works well enough for humans that some stick with it like glue -- especially people for whom the usual stuff does not work.  So then, an equine primal, and their human friends who also use ketamine, and their support group, because T-America doesn't bury this stuff under the rug near as much as here.

Or we could always go with Moon Door instead.  You know some of the Women's Chronic Pain Support Group must have tried it, some of them are try-anything types.  My money's on Soma.  
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Beautiful just to read, but incredibly useful if you write Japanese poetry such as haiku. 
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Evidently there's a terrible-sounding book on this topic, and someone decided to rant about that, with a very bad habit of equating nonviolent communication (the concept) with Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg (the book).

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While the rest of the world is going apeshit trying to ban hijab, Japan has introduced wagara kimono hijabs for the pleasure of their Muslim folks.   Not just plain hijabs that work with kimonos, but actual wagara -- Japanese aesthetics like sakura blossoms for springtime, so they actually match in ways that look nice and feel Japanese.  Fusion at its best.  <3 Japan.  
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This article talks about the impact of one's culture and its tools of thought on the interpretation of creative works

What I have to say about this is ...

*dumps whole trunk of stuff*

Look, I have Celtic threes!  Lakota fours!  Sumerian fourteens!  Chinese elements, Greek elements, that faerie set I got from some friends.  Cherokee color symbolism, Japanese, European.  Myths!  Legends!  Heroes out the wazoo!  Don't drop the Aarne-Thompson Index on your foot, that fucker's heavy.

Analyzing entertainment is so much more fun when you have ALL THE TOOLS.  There is no such thing as too many tools!  You can have fun explaining the same show six different ways.  \o/

If all you have is a hammer, then every story looks like a nail, which is ... really fucking dull, why would anyone keep watching.  Oh wait, maybe that's why some people don't read books.  0_o

I'll just be over here enjoying my toybox of cultural everything.
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This post upholds that you don't have to be good at a hobby to enjoy it.   

This is true if you enjoy doing the hobby for its own sake by yourself and/or the results are still usable.  Many people and hobbies fall into that category.  Our Imbolc candles got the colors a bit scrambled but they still turned out very pretty. 

The premise is also true if you value your hobby for something other than its appearance or other technical finesse.  My yard may look more like a jungle than a Midwest Living cover, but well, that's because I modeled it after a jungle and not a magazine ... and my detritus food chain is 3 days to apex which is a thing I am proud of.  The toads aren't grading me on how it looks.

However, the premise may not be true if you're trying to make something look like the picture on the box, and failing that goal makes you sad instead of happy.  It definitely is not true if what you want is a craft community but when you go to a quilting circle the other people pick on you.  :/

There are many reasons to take up a hobby.  One is because you enjoy it.  Another is you like doing it with friends.  Perhaps you want the finished product.  Maybe you need a way to practice your manual dexterity that is not boring-ass therapy exercises.  Some folks do it to preserve their culture.  All of these are equally valid; do what works for you.

Leave us not forget the historic value of things that were, in their time, thought mediocre or inferior.  Sometimes people don't recognize greatness for a few decades.  Other times, those everyman examples are all we have left.  All art has value, some is just more practiced or popular than others.  So don't be ashamed of what you do, or what you like.
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New Barbie releases for 2019 include the Fashionistas line with over 100 looks, including nappy hair, a doll with a prosthetic leg, and a wheelchair accessory usable with a wide range of posable dolls.  The body shape is slightly more realistic too.

FIN-AL-LY!  \o/ 
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday today with a theme of 'Ohana. Leave prompts, get ficlets! There's also a target for tips:

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.
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This guy has been building himself prosthetics since he was 9.  He is now going to college to study biomechanics, with a goal of making affordable prosthetics for everyone who needs those.  That's great; we need more people with disabilities making stuff for people with disabilities, because they know the needs better.

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.
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Bokashi composting is an anaerobic process that can reduce food scraps -- including meat and dairy as well as vegetables -- into highly acidic "pre-compost." Normally this is dug into a garden, but it shouldn't come into direct contact with plant roots immediately. This made me think of two other applications.

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This is hilarious, but also pretty good music.  If you were wondering what bluegrass sounds like in Terramagne, this is a good example of their avant garde stuff.  :D
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 ... ruins unwelcome flash photography.  Now that is a useful gizmo!  It's really expensive, but it's based on something already common: a bike reflector.  There is reflective clothing for night joggers.  I am now wondering if those reflective jackets, hats, tape, etc. would similarly foil photography.  Or for that matter, jewelry made out of bike reflector material, which is quite cheap and not that dissimilar from some pop jewelry.

EDIT 2/10/19: Reflecitve clothing is already available for safety purposes (see discussions below) and would likely foil photography as well.  This company makes reflective vests including some that disclose disabilities.
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A friend tipped me to this excellent discussion about gossip in Judaism, when it is or is not permissible and why.  While gentiles are not bound by Jewish law as Jews are, it remains a very useful set of guidelines, and following them -- even if you cherrypick your favorites -- would prevent a lot of headaches.

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