August 6th, 2012


Poke a Bigot in the Eye: Promote Peace and Tolerance

There has been a shooting at a Sikh temple, likely a hate crime.  This closely follows the Batman shooting in Colorado.  We live in a society that condones a lot of violent ideas.  There are thriller movies and militaristic toys and tough-talking politicians.  It should not be surprising that people surrounded by violent ideas come to think of violence as an acceptable way to solve problems. 

Conversely, we do very little to teach people the skills of peace and tolerance.  That's seen as weak, or unimportant, or a frill to be cut first at budget time.  But lack of these skills costs us a great deal when families have a hard time holding together, and society is full of people attacking each other's basic rights and safety. 

Does it bother you when people go berserk like this?  Let's work on making the world a better place so that happens less often.  You can ...

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Follow Curiosity

Follow Curiosity on Twitter.  See the recent pictures.

I note that Curiosity is posting in a very colloquial voice, mostly first-person.  This is fun.  It also gives me an idea.

What if we had famous science fiction writers develop a "character voice" for missions like this, and make the posts in character, as the data comes in?  Each mission could have a different personality.  I think it would be an effective way to raise the excitement and involvement level for the audience.  The raw data could still be made available for anyone preferring that form.  Sheesh, we use characters to sell breakfast cereal.  Why not something more important?

Music for Mars

Listen to "Mars, the Bringer of War" by Gustav Holst as Curiosity explores the red planet.

I think it would be awesome to budget for NASA to commission new music for missions like this.  Why shouldn't each mission have its own exciting soundtrack?  This would employ composers and musicians, introduce more folks to modern orchestral music, and boost interest in the space program.

And if the government won't get off its bloated lazy ass, maybe we could crowdfund something.

Monday Update Post 8-6-12

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Visit Fictobiology
Velvet Ant
Superpowers and Disabilities
Flight of the Dragonflies
Read "Imalye Fotolyi"
August Rituals
Trapping Children Indoors
Space Exploration
New Verses in "The Lost and Found Legion"
Plans and Goals
Body Image

In the wee hours of Sunday/Monday I posted a whole bunch of stuff about Curiosity landing on Mars; scroll back to find those posts.

"Poke a Bigot in the Eye: Promote Peace and Tolerance" comes with my contribution to social sanity, the Hart's Farm poem "Farm to Market." Enjoy. Be excellent to each other.

I've made a couple of posts on friendship: "Sharing, or Not" and "Friendship." Consider your preferred style of friendship, what you want from it, and what you don't.

The next Poetry Fishbowl will be tomorrow with a theme of "modern myths." Please drop by and give me some prompts! Also, I'm still looking for someone to host the linkback poem.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"An Amazing Carriage of Amber and Jade" belongs to the Steamsmith series.  Maryam experiments with combining two important alchemical materials.  "The Lost and Found Legion" belongs to The Silk Road Allies.  It is being funded in installments by marina_bonomi, and describes how China and Italy came to form an alliance.  There are new verses!

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," (fiction) "Packing for the Long Haul" "A Gift of Time" "Shards of a Different Past" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Breaking the Ice," (fiction), "Patterns in the Grass" (poetry), "Half-Leg," (nonfiction). Currently in front of the canon board: "The Bones of Need" (fiction), "The Girl Who Wanted Too Much" (poetry), "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction).  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "Beached Fish," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" "The Museum of Mortality" "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" "Old Feelings, New Feelings," "Five Red Beads," "The Urge to Fly," "Lullaby for a Nap at Noon," "Camping on the Lost Road," "Neighboring Attractions," "The Widow-Keeper's Lullaby," "Starfall in Red and Blue Time" (poetry), "Publishers in the Empire" (nonfiction).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," (fiction), "Breeding the Perfect Fighter," "The Smallest Invaders" (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "Reaching for the Moons" "Winterheart" "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).

It rained here last week!  That led to a sudden surge of wildlife activity, insects and critters that feed on them.  How exciting!  Temperatures have been slightly less sweltering too.

Update from Kajones_writing

The main update post is here. Credit notices have been sent out to folks who collect credits for their audience participation. We're talking about ways to refine some of the processes for better efficiency, so if you have ideas then please chime in.  Oh, and some of the instruction posts on the archive site have multiple pages, instead of having one post per section as they used to on LiveJournal.

kajones_writing seeks audience assistance with worldbuilding for the 13 fey families and the individual worlds in the World Walkers setting. I'm doing some of this but there's a lot of room left to cover. You can read about the magics of the 13 families here (the original link crashed, sorry). I have sketched out some ideas for mechanical magic, dream magic, writing magic, and time magic.

Over on crowdfunding we've also been discussing Webfiction Guide and web_writers as places to find new readers.  This includes mulling over what constitutes serial writing and which of the stories-in-progress might be worth completing and promoting as serials.

These are some of the new stories by kajones_writing from last week:

7: Donor House: Rafe: The Vampire Nightclub is about a predatory vampire and a girl who doesn't really want to be in the nightclub.

9: Donor House: Rex: Saving Melody features a difficult decision about the transformation from human to vampire.

Random: Unknown World: Abigail’s Story – Part 1 is a weird little piece about getting sucked into a television show. If you liked the movie Pleasantville, you may find this amusing. But at least this dimension has bathrooms.

Other stories include 8: AU Magi: Marnie: Becoming a part of the Carne, 10: The Brotherhood: Kara: Meeting Daniel, 11: AU Thear: Tabitha: Travelling to Thear, 12: The Brotherhood: Daniel: Turning Back Time, and 13: AU ‘Astral’ World: Amber: Amber’s Choices.

Most Popular Tags 8-6-12

According to the "Manage Tags" feature, the topics most often appearing in this journal are:

Networking -- 3050 posts
Reading -- 2913
Writing -- 2769
Cyberfunded creativity -- 2421
Poetry -- 2001
News -- 1491
Fishbowl -- 1376
Fantasy -- 1247
Science fiction -- 1226
Art -- 916

Networking is the first category to cross 3000.  Whee!  No other changes since last post.