January 20th, 2019


The Repair Café

The Repair Café is a network of places where you can take broken stuff and fix it for free. This is not limited to geekery with machines. You can take clothes, toys, all kinds of stuff.  Find one near you or start one.  Sadly, the only two in Illinois are right next to each other, in Chicago and Oak Park.  :(

I will add, not knowing that things can be fixed and not knowing how to fix them are only two thirds of the problem -- the ones you can influence yourself.  A much more serious issue is that most modern products are not designed to be fixable at all, only thrown away the moment anything breaks.  They are made so covers won't come off, so broken areas can't be separated from whole ones.  That's vicious, and it's also infantalizing, because it prevents people from doing things for themselves.

So another part of this movement is to search out and buy products that can be repaired.  For a brilliant example, look at 3D archery targets.  These things take a beating.  The core, and sometimes the whole midsection, can be replaced with spare parts.  For some targets and companies, all the parts can be replaced.  You can even buy repair kits with foam, paint, etc. for smaller touchups.  That's fantastic, because these things are really expensive; repairing them saves a lot of money and resources.

Poem: "Love Unflinching"

This poem is spillover from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from DW users Capriuni and Fuzzyred. It also fills the "experiment" square in my 6-4-18 Dark Fantasy card for the Winteriron Bingo Adventure.  This poem belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The rate is $0.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: DW user Capriuni, janetmiles

207 lines, Buy It Now = $104
Amount donated = $30.50
Verses posted = 17 of 62

Amount remaining to fund fully = $73.50
Amount needed to fund next verse = $2
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $2

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Poetry Fishbowl Report for January 8, 2019

This session's theme was "That's not a mistake!" I wrote from noon to 5:45 AM, so about 15 hours 45 minutes, accounting for breaks. I wrote 9 poems on Tuesday and another 6 later. I also lost a lot of time for various reasons, so I haven't gotten through all the prompts. I'll try to catch up later if I have time.

Participation was a bit lower, with 16 comments on LiveJournal and another 52 on Dreamwidth. A total of 27 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompter [personal profile] iamnotgod.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"As the Heavens Are Higher Than the Earth"
"The Gilded Stones"
"Love Unflinching"
"Mistakes and Changes"
"The Nature of Advertising"
"Never Trusted Without a Check"
"On a Long Leash"
"When Opportunity Meets with Planning"

"Crossroads on the Hero's Journey" (December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl) (linkback perk)
"Crazy Fun in the House of Mirrors" (Schrodinger's Heroes, December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl) (free epic)
"L'amore è Cieco" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman, February 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from January 8. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All of the sponsored poems have been posted.  Donors this time include: [personal profile] fuzzyred[personal profile] capri0mni[personal profile] satsuma[personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.  Per the $200 goal, "Crazy Fun in the House of Mirrors" is the free epic.  Per the $250 goal, that's one tally toward a bonus fishbowl.

The Poetry Fishbowl also has a permanent landing page.

Lunar Eclipse

We have a fabulous view of the lunar eclipse tonight.  The moon was very bright a couple hours ago, with stars around it, when we set out the stones to be charged.  Now it is all dark with a lot more stars!  Sometimes the color doesn't really change much.  Tonight most of it is black with just a little orange left.  We even got a bit of a diamond ring effect as the last light was fading.  :D