June 14th, 2010

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A Blind Spot the Size of Texas

This article is a spectacular example of racism.  Among the most salient points:

"The US has always had more immigration than most other nations, since its beginning."

Yes, that would be approaching 100%, following the European invasion and some dozens or hundreds of counts of genocide.

"Can the US sustain and improve its infrastructure -- when the people within the nations supplying its future population certainly could not do so?"

Brown people are not congenitally impaired.  They are entirely capable of contributing anything that fair-skinned people are.  As for infrastructure, people of widely varied colors have built or are building large portions of it.

"But if the new residents of California bring the corruption, violence, dysfunctionality, and incompetence so prominent in their countries of origin, with them to California -- the inference will prove more ominous."

If people are leaving  a country with those problems, and entering a country they believe or hope has less of such, then they are voting with their feet for some other way of doing things.  Frequently at the risk of their lives, since America makes it so difficult for anyone to vote American with their feet anymore.  Frankly, I think some of the immigrants have a better grasp of American ideals than some of the people running this country.

 
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Monday Update 6-14-10

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:

"Mapping My Garden to My Body"
"Queer Tropes"
"Reducing Bird Collisions"
"Photography: Flowers"
"Time Travel and Language"
"Poem: Someday Saviors"
"Writing Your Foot in the Door"
"The Ultimate LiveJournal Obsession Test Score"
"My Taste in Movies"
"Family Skills: Gardening"

As our air conditioning has been out for some time, I am not getting as much work done as I would like.  Maybe fixed later this week.  Will believe that when house cools enough for brain to work again.

Currently open epic is "A Periodic Table of Elementals" for which Magnesium and Aluminum still need to be written.  Too hot for brain right now.

I have managed to draft two more Llewellyn articles.  Now I have four drafts.  Still need to write one more, and polish these, for the mid-July deadlines.

The wild strawberries are done fruiting.  Black raspberries are in, and mulberries are still going.  No energy to pick.  Too frigging hot.
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Pimp-a-Friend: minor_architect

Today is Pimp-A-Friend day. LiveJournal is a wonderful place to connect with interesting people. Feature one of your Friends, with a brief description of what makes their journal worth reading, and share the joy. Readers are encouraged to visit the featured journal and/or reply to this message with recommendations of their favorite Friends.

minor_architect is all kinds of fun.  She's a regular prompter and sponsor of the Poetry Fishbowl, so you have her to thank for many fine poems.  She writes the weblit serial "The Personal Logs of Moirah 'Minor' Sutherland."  She also posts photographs, recommends nonprofit organizations worthy of support, and discusses various other topics.  Definitely worth your attention.
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Read "Wonder City Stories #60"

The popular weblit series "Wonder City Stories" has reached Episode #60.  If you're not familiar with it, this is urban fantasy about superpowered characters, many of whom are queer or people of color or female or some other oppressed group or some combination thereof.  It's an interesting and complex storyline with thoughtful social commentary.

Also, the author is now trying something new in the crowdfunding options:
"For the next month or so, I'm running an experiment. Taking a page from Cecilia Tan's book, over at Daron's Guitar Chronicles, I'm going to put up a ChipIn widget for tips every week on the post I make on either Monday or Tuesday. If, by Friday, folks have tipped up to $25, I'll post a second episode of Wonder City on Saturday."

So if you like this weblit and you have a little money to spare, now is a good time to donate.  If you're broke, you can help by boosting the signal.
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GNS Theory

I came across the "Gamist Narrativist Simulationist" theory tonight.  Ideally, I like a game system and an actual game to shift among those modes so as to provide the most entertainment.  My personal preference leans toward Narrativist, but straight storytelling usually isn't as good as storytelling broken up by other things for variety.