September 7th, 2019


Poem: "The Purpose of Your Life"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It was inspired by the "warning" square in my 8-2-19 card for the End of Summer Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some which are spoilers. It features Carl Bernhardt in prison, contemplating escape, and a warning of dire (unspecified) consequences should he leave. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Poem: "Of a Mingled Yarn"

This poem came out of the September 3, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] pantha and Jay. It fills the "huath (terrible-colored)" square in my 9-1-19 card for the Arts and Crafts Festival bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: Yarn lust! These yarns actually exist, and some of them are expensive. Not qiviut expensive, but hand-dyed pure wool expensive.

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Community Building Tip: Public Transportation

Last week I posted the final entry from the previous list of tips.  For my next set, I've decided to use the one I wrote based on how to make your hometown more like Bluehill in Terramagne-America.  I took a close look at the town's positive features with an eye toward replicating them here with local resources.

* Robust public transportation. They have things like bus stops, shelters, shuttlebus routes, etc. throughout the densest part of downtown. To support this, check your local transit system and watch for political opportunities to do things like voting to fund programs.

Public transportation comes in various types has many benefits.  Support whichever one(s) you like and suit your area.  Here are some ways to improve public transportation and encourage people to use it.

Note that it is vitally important for public transportation to support cash at points of use, for two reasons.  1) If the phrase "legal tender for ALL debts" ceases to be true, that way lies a vast array of economic disasters.  2) A person who gets on a bus in a strange city, only to find they can't pay for a ride, is a person who will probably never get on a bus again.  Preferably, enable both cash and virtual transactions to maximize accessibility and convenience.

Local-America purports to provide travel services for nondrivers such as the elderly and people with disabilities, but anyone in that category can tell you it's bullshit.  The options are routinely unaffordable, unreliable, obnoxious, and/or otherwise inaccessible.  Then society wonders why the disabled and elderly wind up isolated, lonely, and depressed.  Nobody wants to have to beg favors from people who hate them or just don't care.  T-America ensures that everyone can travel, so most places provide free mass-transit access to citizens who can't drive, including reliable and convenient door-to-door service.  Everyone pays for it with taxes, which means if you break your leg and can't drive for most of a year, you too will benefit from these services and a simple injury won't wreck your life.  There is no reason we can't do the same in L-America, except that this society wants those people to die and stop pestering the important people.  Here are some tips for improving mass-transit accessibility.

One thing I've noticed particular to T-America is the widespread use of shuttlebuses.  Here they're uncommon, mostly used in places like airports.  In T-America, most large clusters of people have one or more public vehicles to meet their needs.  An apartment building has shuttlebus for things like driving people to the nearest large workcenter, mall, supermarket, weekend attractions, etc.  Malls, supermarkets, and other major shopping centers usually have one or more going to the nearest apartment complexes and/or downtown.  Big employers may have some going to nearby housing clusters and/or eateries for lunch if they don't have a cafeteria.  Any large enough group of people with clusters of need in transportation can benefit from doing this.

EDIT 9-8-19: You can also visit other towns and explore their mass-transit systems to identify pleasing features you wish to propose adding to your hometown system.  Providing a reference to where something is already in practice can make it more feasible.  Your town's staff could call over there and ask what software they're using or what brand of kneeling bus they buy.

Have you noticed particularly clever mass-transit ideas?  Have you gone out and done something to improve yours?  Share them in comments.


New Bird

There is a tiny black-and-orange bird flitting around the birdfeeders in the forest garden.  It is mostly dark but with a narrow band of bright orange around its middle and orange edges on the tail.  The closest I could find was the black-and-orange flycatcher, but that's in India, which seems ... unlikely.  The closest I could find for America was the baltimore oriole, but I have seen those before and it doesn't look much like that.  This is smaller and differently patterned.  Go figure.

I really hope that some poor flycatcher didn't fall through a wormhole in India and land here.  That would not end well.

EDIT 9-7-19: New hypothesis -- American redstart.  I have no idea why this did not appear when I searched for black and orange birds in Illinois.  Thanks to the folks who suggested this possibility.

Poem: "One Man's Magic"

This poem came out of the August 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] bairnsidhe, and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "Celebrating your skills and abilities" square in my 8-2-19 card for the End of Summer bingo fest. This poem was sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project. This is the prequel to "Getting Them Home" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, which takes place the first week of June, 2015.

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