December 5th, 2011


Angel Food Ministries Closed

Well, this is depressing.  Angel Food Ministries used to provide discounted food to people in need.  The food was good, and you didn't have to prove low income like for most services.  Awesome.  Tremendously popular.  Now they're closed and there are accusations of major fraud.

When even the people who seemed to listen to that thing Jesus said about taking care of each other, have gone splat like this?  I just don't know what to do.  There is not enough FU in the BAR to describe this.

Monday Update 12-5-11

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:
Story: "What Fireworks Are Like"
Schrodinger's Heroes: Holidays
Asexual Memoirs
The Women of Star Trek
Schrodinger's Heroes: More Evil!Schrodinger
Torn Tongue: Nouns Beginning with "O"
The Desire for Justice
In the Coach
Schrodinger's Heroes: Catnip
See the Paladins!

I also launched the 2011 Winterfaire, where you can promote your goods/services that would make suitable holiday gifts or shop for gifts from independent creators. So far, three perk poems have been completed and a fourth is in progress:
Poem: "With Mortal Flesh and Iron Will"
Poem: "Wipeout"
Poem: "Gallery of Souls"
Poem: "All in the Family"

The next Poetry Fishbowl is tomorrow, with a theme of "Chocolate and Other Foods."  Please drop by and leave me some prompts!

Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inescapable Agony of Being" is a $20 poem about aliens masquerading as human.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," "On the Rocks," (fiction).  Back to me for edits: "Catch and Release," (fiction), "Seafoam Fashions," "Hide Away," "Red Glass, Green Glass," "Bitter Herbs" (poetry), "Dairy Sow" (nonfiction). Currently in front of the canon board: nothing.  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Like Ash Before the Wind," "Breaking the Ice," "From Dark to Bright," "Beached Fish," (fiction) and "The Hearsay Cafe," "The Colors of the Rainbow," "How Skycat Got Her Name" (poetry).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "The Green Speech," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "The Bones of Need" (fiction).  Currently writing: "Raining Kittens," "Catch of the Day," "Reaching for the Moons" (fiction).

Weather here is still chilly and intermittently damp.  The cardinals and mourning doves are more enthusiastic about the birdfeeders now.  One day I saw a flock of two dozen doves around the fly-through feeder.  They are easier to count because sometimes they sit still.

Childhood Art Made Realistic

I was intrigued by this artist, who took some of his niece's drawings and painted them realistically.  The results are eerie and fascinating.  I am reminded of the fairytale monsters in my Whispering Sands desert, and of the charming illustration that meeksp did for "Restoration."  For those of you artists with littles around, has anyone else tried something like this?

Some Problems with Standardized Tests

They don't measure real-life ability to DO things.  They're so skewed, they discourage perfectly functional people.  Here's an article about an adult who took one of those standardized tests and performed miserably.  Yet he's actually a successful man, with some very cogent remarks about the social damage done by this style of testing.

Education FAIL.  Abort, retry, ignore?

Voyager Continues to Explore

I love following space probes.

News release: 2011-372                             
Dec. 5, 2011

NASA's Voyager Hits New Region at Solar System Edge

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region between our solar system and interstellar space. Data obtained from Voyager over the last year reveal this new region to be a kind of cosmic purgatory. In it, the wind of charged particles streaming out from our sun has calmed, our solar system's magnetic field is piled up, and higher-energy particles from inside our solar system appear to be leaking out into interstellar space.
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What You Make Of It

Cyberspace is what you make of it.  I'm used to this, having dealt with Faerie.  So I treat this as a malleable medium and try to sculpt it into something I really want.

Today I linked this article about an Earthlike planet through my Facebook feed.  While other folks are whining that Facebook makes people stupid ... my audience started debating the planet's probable gravity in hard science equations.  So much love!

What you get out of the Internet depends on whether you fill your posts, and your audience, with sparkly vampires or starry-eyed scientists.

The Criminal Negligence of Climate Change Denial

When there is a problem, and you conceal it instead of solving it because that is to your short-term advantage, that is evil.  When said action risks the SURVIVAL OF YOUR SPECIES ... I don't think there's even a word for that yet.  Extinction magnet.  Gaah.

U.S. Inaction on Climate is "Criminal", Activists Say

By Kanya D'Almeida

Nation of Change

The United States' delegation at the 17th annual
Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCC) in
Durban, South Africa has come under heavy fire from
civil society leaders and activists around the globe
for standing in the way of real solutions to climate
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