July 13th, 2009


Fieldhaven Fruit and Flowers 7-12-09

These are the current activities of flora in my yard.

Near end of bloom: red clover, coriander, feverfew

Full bloom: petunias, marigolds, blue lobelia, pansies, torenia, moss rose, snapdragons, zinnias, white clover, million bells, tomatoes, pink echinacea, white echinacea, milkweed, Queen Anne's lace

Beginning bloom: black-eyed susan, Mexican hat, tickseed coreopsis

Green fruit: Criterion apple, birdgift apple, tomatoes

Fruit starting to ripen: blackberries, tomatoes

Ripe fruit: mulberry, rugosa roses, blackberries

I have picked the first few blackberries. The little ones, the darrow blackberries, ripen first. The bigger ones are still dark pink.

I also picked the first of the Black Prince tomatoes, which had a nice dark scent.

The rose hips are ripe, but the Japanese beetles are munching on them and the rest of the rose bushes. *sigh* At least it keeps most of them off the fruit I intend to eat.

Dear Insectivores: Those things there? Are food. I understand they are strange to you, but I affirm that they are indeed insects and, to you, edible. Eat, drink, and be merry. Please.

Torn World Language Wiki

For those of you following the Torn World project, here is an update on my contributions. I have collated the forum discussions on the Torn World language family to create a very substantial set of resources describing how the language works. That material is being uploaded to the contributors' Wiki. So far the main Wiki file has gone up, with descriptions of the languages (Ancient and its two descendants, Northern & Southern), sounds, word construction, grammar, etc. There's another file detailing the parts of speech, and a list of previously approved vocabulary. (More vocabulary will be forthcoming soon.) ellenmillion, padparadscha, and I have done most of the language building; minor_architect is helping upload material to the Wiki.

If you're signed in as a contributor on the main Torn World site, you'll see the "Wiki" button under "Setting" in the menu down the left sidebar. Click "Wiki," then scroll down the Wiki page to "Getting Started" and click "The languages of Torn World." If you aren't involved yet but you're keenly interested in invented languages and/or linguistics, it's well worth your while to join (it's free) as this is the coolest conlang project I've seen in quite a while.

Pimp-A-Friend: Lizamanynames

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Topics on her blog include fandom and fanfiction (Star Trek, Dr. Who, Harry Potter, Farscape, Firefly, etc.), roleplaying, language and linguistics, writing, reading, and other geekery. People are generally expected to get along and generally do, but be forewarned that this is a free-form weirdness zone. If concensus reality bores you, visit this blog; you will no longer be bored.