November 2nd, 2011

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Schrodinger's Heroes: Good and Evil

Schrodinger's Heroes  is an apocryphal television show about quantum physics and keeping the Earth safe from alternate dimensions.  If you're not familiar with it, you can browse the menu page.  The following images may make more sense if you have read the descriptions for Melannen's characters and my characters.  LOL_Heroes is a branch of LOL picspam inspired by Schrodinger's Heroes.

Previous batches have introduced the black cat Schrodinger from the core team, who is good; and his white alter, evil!Schrodinger.  This batch of images features good!Schrodinger and evil!Schrodinger interacting; see my LJ scrapbook G!S-E!S for full-size images. (They are sometimes abbreviated as E!S and G!S in LOL_Heroes, to save space.)  Naturally, they start out as mortal enemies.  But this is fandom, so then things get interesting...

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Poem: "The Steamsmith"

This poem came out of the November 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a detailed character prompt from marina_bonomi who also sponsored this poem.

"The Steamsmith" is steampunk, and features an odd form of alchemical science; the physics, biology, and other parameters in this setting differ considerably from those in our consensus reality.  I've included some vocabulary notes below the poem; the etymology is largely Greek.  You can read more about the classical elements online.  There is a matching poem, "The Four Humours," which delves into interactions between that alchemical science and various types of people.

Also, I've asked someone to britpick this but it's gotten sponsored before that could be completed.  I did make time this morning to run the poem through a British English spellchecker.  If anyone spots something that doesn't seem to fit the context, please let me know.  I'm a lot more fluent with British than most Americans, but there are still things I miss -- and I'm only somewhat familiar with steampunk as a genre.

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Poem: "Winter Apples"

This poem came out of the September 13, 2011 perk round.  It was inspired by prompts from janetmiles, jenny_evergreen, aldersprig, and laffingkat.  It was posted in part by minor_architect as the linkbacks poem for the November 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  Since there are verses left over, you can reveal a verse today by linking to a favorite poem from this fishbowl.  These people have boosted the signal: wyld_dandelyon, marina_bonomi, janetmiles, the_vulture, aldersprig, rix_scaedu, meeksp, and minor_architect.

Special thanks to marina_bonomi for helping me research the traditional apples of Italy.  Some sites we visited featured apple cultivars, old Italian applesBinotto apples (with picture), Decio apples, and ox muzzle apples.  I love antique apples and I'm happy to share these with you.  Later in the poem, there's a round of herbalism for which I researched herb magic, belladonna, and henbane.  This poem belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman, and you can find other poems in this series via the Serial Poetry page.

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Poem: "The Four Humours"

This poem came out of the November 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from janetmiles and marina_bonomi.  It was sponsored by janetmiles.  Special thanks to moonwolf1988 for britpicking.

"The Four Humours" belongs to the Steamsmith series, set in the same world as "The Steamsmith" although the main character does not appear in this poem personally.  Instead it's a background piece describing a lot more about how their version of science works, with a focus on biology and the ways in which different types of people can cause technology to go haywire.  (In addition to the quenching effect on antagonistic elements described below, it's also possible to overcharge a compatible element but the effects there are more complex and less easy to detail.  I may explore that some other time.)  You can read more about the classical elements and humourism online; the latter has an excellent diagram showing the relative qualities of the elements and humours.

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Poem: "In Good Cause"

This poem came out of the November 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by laffingkat and sponsored by janetmiles.

It belongs to the Ocracies series, and you can find the other poems through the Serial Poetry page.  Ironically, I could not find a named form of government focused on happiness, well-being, good, or humor -- although there were plenty about evil and demons and all flavors of mayhem -- which says something about governments and human nature.  So I coined the term "bonocracy."  Worth mentioning is that Bhutan tracks Gross National Happiness.  There is some basis in consensus reality for such a governmental theme.


In Good Cause


It was difficult to be a diplomat
in the Bonocracy of Ophele.
You would state the obvious,
and people would look at you
like you'd grown another head
and say something ridiculous.

On one side lay the Plutocracy of Aurea,
whose delegates were prone to respond:
"Of course happiness is important,
but you can't put it in the bank."

On the other side lay the Hamarchy of Helgi,
whose delegates were prone to respond:
"Of course well-being is important,
but that depends on whose."

Inland on the rolling plains lay the Hipparchy of Pelip,
whose delegates were prone to respond:
"Of course it's important for things to be good,
but are they good for the horses?"

You could spend all day negotiating
for whatever seemed most likely to promote
happiness, well-being, and good humor
with colleagues who seemed to grasp none of the above
and who made proposals devoid of sense and benefit.

In the evening, though, you got to go home
to your cozy little house with your family
and sit by the fire with a cup of cocoa
and listen to the waves booming on the beach outside.

Then you'd remember, after that long hard day,
how lucky you were to live in a country
that always aimed for the best it could achieve;
and when you went to bed, at least you'd know
that all of your exhaustion was
in good cause.

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Poem: "Jest in Fun"

This poem came out of the November 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from aldersprig and sponsored by janetmiles


Jest in Fun


It's not funny
to amuse oneself
at someone else's direct expense.

True humor
uplifts the spirit
instead of putting someone down.

What matters is not so much
what you say or how you say it but
whether you are laughing with  someone
or laughing at  someone.

It is wise to be gentle in one's jests,
for Trickster listens to all the laughter in the world,
and if there are any unhappy tears in it
then you may be certain

Trickster will aim a banana peel at the heel.