October 2nd, 2017


Monday Update 10-2-17

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Today in the Kitchen
Fall Festival Bingo Card 10-1-17
Poem: "Sacrificed Part of Himself"
Saturday Yardening
Poetry Fishbowl Report for September 5, 2017
Poem: "Fluffy"
Friday Yardening
Poem: "Branded in His Memory"
Good News
Mutant Butterflies
Poem: "Twice-Wise Tiresias"

[personal profile] daisiesrockalot sponsored all the unpublished poems from Path of the Paladins, which have now been published and listed in this post. \o/

There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, October 3 with a theme of "Otherkin and Other-nesses."  Please mark your calendars, and I hope to see you then!

Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Stylet enjoys a shower and Valor's Widow starts cooking.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips and Jules discuss what to get for G and Joshua after the fire.  "Two Foxes" is now complete.  The Iron Horses help Kenzie pick out some two-spirit clothing.  

Weather has been sunny and cooler here.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, firecracker plant, morning glories, frost asters, torenia, purple aster, sawtooth sunflowers, pink sedum, goldenrod.

Musical Hat Draw Music Sale

Remember the Musical Hat Draw? My poem "Starfire Rising" is one of those for which music was written, now featured in the Musical Hat Draw Music Sale. Once [personal profile] artsyhonker gets the first $10, that comes to me and I'll post the lyrics as sponsored. Remember, donations for this go to the COMPOSER not to me! There is a PayPal link on that sale page. Also there is information about all the other songs from the MHD. \o/

2. Starfire Rising, text suggested and written by Elizabeth Barrette. Again, this is fairly folk-y, maybe a bit poppy? Three verses, the third with a slightly different tune for the first half. Piano accompaniment. I need to pay Elizabeth for use of the text but she has set an extremely reasonable price, so most of the below is for my own work.
Sheet music: £60
…and a robot clarionet and piano recording: £70
…and a recording of me singing to a robot piano: £120
…and a recording of me singing AND playing: £170

I really love this project.  [personal profile] artsyhonker says it worked great for inspiration, so I am hopeful we'll see more of it.  I've only seen a handful of musical crowdfunding projects in this interactive style, as contrasted with people just raising money on IndieGoGo or wherever to launch an album.  It's something I wish to encourage.

Also I should probably write more lyric poetry.  I love the stuff, but I don't often get prompts for it these days.  I know a few filkers who occasionally ask if I have anything I'd like set to music.  Sure ... but it's scattered through several thousand other pieces.  0_o  Tracker newer poems would probably be a lot easier than finding older ones.

Path of the Paladins

[personal profile] callibr8 has finished updating the landing page for Path of the Paladins.  All of the newly sponsored poems are linked accordingly.  So if you want to go back and read this series from the beginning, now is a good time.  If you want more, you'll need to prompt for it, because all the previously written stuff is now published.  \o/

Study Bias

Here's a good list of types of bias that can ruin scientific studies

#10 has been described as "what the Thinker thinks, the Prover proves."  This one is inherent to scientific method as it is customarily presented.  The formation of a hypothesis prior to performing an experiment necessarily creates a bias toward proving that hypothesis, which is then difficult to resist.  Quite different results may be obtained by performing experiments to see what will happen,  without expectations.  This open experimentation is most useful in the early stages of exploration when one can learn a great deal about possibilities.  After observing for a while, it becomes more feasible to discern patterns and then test to see which ones are an accurate description of the system.

Notably missing was any form of a very pernicious bias, personal benefit.  This can be personal, political, or whatever but if someone strongly benefits from a particular outcome, they tend to favor it, which skews the results.  The closest is #1 File Drawer, an avoidance of publishing unfavorable results.  I'm talking about the front end, where politics influences what studies can even be done or what is labeled pseudoscience, and where money encourages researchers to find results favorable to their sponsors.  The vast majority of studies today are done by people who have a dog in the fight -- which renders them suspect at best and fraudulent at worst.