February 24th, 2010

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A Backyard Power Plant

Well, it's not quite a Mr. Fusion, but this does sound interesting...

 A Power Plant in Every Backyard? The Bloom Box Unveiled

A rocket scientist has toiled in secret for over 10 years perfecting his power-plant-in-a-box, a clean power source for your backyard that can generate electricity without any wires. Fuel cells have long been the holy grail of green energy and last night on 60 Minutes, K.R. Sridhar unveiled his version: the Bloom Box.

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Shadows on the Snow

Below is my photo prompt for today's freestuffday project.  I took this picture of shadows on the snow recently, with Doug's camera.  I am fascinated by the colors and textures of snow.  This is at the south edge of the butterfly meadow.

stryck is doing a Feast of Poetry today.  Anyone can leave a text or photo prompt (just one) and a form.  Tips are welcome but not required.  Go play, you'll have fun.

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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, March 2

This is an advance announcement for the March 2, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "elements & elemental spirits." (Western, eastern, scientific, or other sets of elements are welcome.  Western elemental spirits are most famous but others are fine too.)  I'll be soliciting ideas for elemental mages, elemental spirits, scientists, individual elements, systems or sets of elements, elemental spells or magic, elemental science, the history of elements, elements in the news, plot twists involving elements or spirits, elemental settings, and poetic forms in particular.
 
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.

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The Reconciliation of Truths

This article about boarding schools for indigenous people, and the abuses therein, caught my attention.  When races aren't getting along, they have three basic options for changing that:
1) Commit genocide.
2) Move away.
3) Learn to get along.

When harm has been done, the first step is to acknowledge that harm was done.  Speak out.  Tell the stories.  Admit that what some people considered a good idea at the time caused damage.  Only then is there a foundation for other steps, such as apologizing, forgiving, repairing any damage that can be repaired, recompense for damage that cannot be repaired, and making plans to prevent further damage and promote healthier behavior.  If your ancestors were abusive assholes, you can't change that; every family tree contains some rotten fruit.  All you can do is try to help clean up the mess.