April 21st, 2009


Feel the Heat

This blog post from India describes the effect of global warming on the city of Chennai:

People in our city need not wait up to 2020 to feel the effects of global warming and temperature rising, it is already being felt in our city and other cities across India. The average temperature has increased by 1 Degree Celsius every year over the last couple of years. That is why our days in Chennai are hot even in March.

What changes have you noticed in your area?

Discipline Rings

Today haikujaguar has posted about a common motif in her artwork, discipline rings. This type of jewelry for tailed characters consists of two rings joined by a chain, and the idea is to control your tail so as to keep the loose secondary ring from falling off.

In addition to being an interesting cultural discussion about anthropomorphic characters, it's also interesting from an art perspective. At first glance, these things look like the kind of illogical ornament drawn by careless or inexperienced artists, that would fall right off a real person and not hang like they're drawn. But they're supposed to be like that, and once you know the trick, they make sense. It's a reminder to view thoughtfully: sometimes an odd thing is a mistake, and sometimes it's a clue.

The Law for Everyone

This article points out that law enforcement is not supposed to be dictated by political convenience. The law is the law for everyone, or it is not justice.

Nick Mottern | On Prosecuting War Crimes
Nick Mottern, Truthout: "Barack Obama is not given the right by our Constitution to be the judge and jury for torturers. I include Bush and Cheney in this category although they committed other war crimes. Mr. Obama and our Congress took oaths to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the land. They must be reminded that they must do this job regardless of whether they think it is divisive or not. If President Obama and the Congress do their jobs of enforcing the law with respect to torture and other Bush and Cheney war crimes, they will begin unraveling the web of deceit that has supported the Iraq and Afghanistan wars."

Poetic Discussion: Asking the Right Questions

As the discussion of "Where Have All the Heroes Gone?/Different Gifts" continues, corivax asked some extremely useful questions. I started writing an answer and quickly realized that it was going to outgrow LJ's post limit. So I moved it to Hypatia's Hoard of Reviews, where it choked Wordpress approaching 5000 words. Finally I divided it into a series of four posts:

  • "Interpreting Poetry I: Exploring a Sample Poem"

  • "Interpreting Poetry II: The Narrator"

  • "Interpreting Poetry III: Showing vs. Telling"

  • "Interpreting Poetry IV: Form Follows Function"

  • Those of you who enjoy literary analysis and deep reading, or who want to know how it works, may want to go take a peek. Writers may also find it useful. Continuing discussion is welcome here or there.