January 16th, 2018


Read "A Care-ful Conversation"

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has finished posting "A Care-ful Conversation." Joshua decides to spend a few hours taking care of Pips, who is enthusiastically receptive to this proposal.  This is hardcore nonsexual intimacy pr0n.  While neither of these guys is actually asexual, the connection between the two of them is essentially queerplatonic, and Joshua is stroking it on purpose.  They are adorkable together.  :D  So if you like nonsexy power exchange and cuddlefic, here it is.

Dominance at Birdfeeders

Here is a fascinating article about dominance between species of birds at a feeder.  This matches my observations.

I will add some observations:

1) Predatory birds consistently outrank prey birds.  A kestrel can usually run off anything but another raptor, even if the prey birds are bigger. 

2) Strength in numbers.  Smaller birds can gang up on a single larger bird and drive it away if they work together.  One blue jay will win against a handful of sparrows, but if there are 20 sparrows, they will likely mob him and drive him away.

3) The colder it gets, the less they fight.  In warmer weather, birds won't tolerate company perching at the feeder.  As it gets colder, however, they concentrate on eating as fast as possible, so they fight less.  First it goes to two birds on opposite ends, then three, and when the weather is deeply cold, sometimes even four.


Today is cold, occasionally spitting snow.  Birds have been mobbing the feeders all day.  When I went out to feed them, they only flew away a short distance.  There were tracks in the snow, mostly birds and rabbits, but some canine too -- coyote, I suspect.  By the time I got back indoors, the cardinals were already at all three feeders.  Three pairs of them, I think, plus a lot of mourning doves and sparrows. 

Poem: "Where You Begin to Heal"

This is spillover from the January 2, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from DW users Technoshaman and Gingicat.  It also fills the "rites of passage / coming of age" square in my 1-3-18 card for the Trope Bingo fest.  This poem is being sponsored by Technoshaman in installments.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers.  It features anxiety, foster care (which is actually going well), sex/gender issues, intimate medical matters, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Poetry Fishbowl Themes for Early 2018

Based on an audience poll, and some backchannel votes, I have compiled a list of upcoming themes:

February 6 -- Rare Orientations 
March 6 -- Constructs and Programmed People 
April 3 -- Magical Art 
May 1 -- Neurodiversity 
June 5 -- "This is NOT what I signed up for." 
July 3 -- Xenolinguistics and Lost Languages 

Thank you all for your time and attention!


Squash Fail

We tried a new type of squash tonight, gold nugget.  It looked a lot like an acorn squash but salmon-colored outside with orange flesh inside, and pointy on both ends.  It had tougher rind and was more difficult to cut, then didn't break into even halves.  It was thinner walled with less flesh, and the seeds really didn't want to come out clean.  Trying to scrape the strings out made weird chips come off the walls. The gold nugget did cook in the alloted time, which acorns don't always, probably due to its thinner walls.  The taste wasn't all that great either.

Not recommended.  :P

I don't regret trying it, though.  Squashes are interesting.  I'm not the biggest fan of them, but some I really like, and they're a nice healthy food with versatile applications.  Trying new foods is fun.  The fact that not all of them pan out is just how exploration works.