January 11th, 2020


Racism and Yoga

I have two thoughts on this:

1) "If you don't like the offerings, make your own" is a great solution in most circumstances.

2) Let's just take a moment to observe the spectacular irony of people of color feeling unwelcome in yoga, which was invented by people of color.  Indians are light brown to very nearly black.  Just because lots of white people like yoga, doesn't mean they invented it.

The Dangers of DNA Tests

The government is discouraging military members.

But that does fuckall good. Why?  Everyone in uniform has relatives who aren't.  Whenever one person chooses to publicize their genetic data, they aren't just giving up their own privacy -- they're also inevitably giving up some privacy for everyone else related to them.  This is a huge problem.

And if the government is concerned about this issue for its soldiers, that means it's probably a bad idea for other people too, even though the exact risks vary from one subgroup to another.

Changing Climate

Australia has gotten hotter and drier over time. This contributes to the massive bushfires.

And how does the Great American Garbage Fire stand on such matters?

Federal agencies would no longer have to take climate change into account when they assess the environmental impacts of highways, pipelines and other major infrastructure projects, according to a Trump administration plan that would weaken one of the benchmark environmental laws of the modern era.


Poem: "smoke, fire, water"

This poem came out of the January 7, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from rix_scaedu. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman.  This poem belongs to the Lacquerware series.

"smoke, fire, water"
-- a tanka

smoke, fire, water
wood finished in black lacquer
these come together
in layer after layer
of mysterious programs

* * *


A tanka is a syllabic poem of five lines in the pattern 5/7/5/7/7.

Japanese aesthetics deal in light and shadow.


Poem: "Broken Light"

This poem came out of the January 7, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] shadowdreamer. It also fills the "Accident" square in my 1-1-20 card for the Less Usual Bingo Patterns fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Doll Patterns

Wish fulfillment for [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart:

How to assemble a porcelain doll with a cloth body

Cloth and rag doll patterns

Antique doll clothes patterns

Patterns for dolls and clothes

Patterns for doll clothes and accessories

Note that you can use any cloth doll body pattern that you like which fits the size of china doll pieces you have or can buy. Just omit the parts of the cloth pattern that will be replaced by china. If you have doll parts of the classic head-and-shoulders, full arms, full legs set then all you need is a torso. Make a plain rectangle or hourglass as you prefer, then sew on the china parts and stuff. Most china parts have little holes for sewing. But some have a ring/lip instead: you are supposed to cinch the cloth tightly around that ring with thread. Glue also works but has other disadvantages.

Happy Birthdays

Today we had friends over to celebrate a couple of birthdays.  :D

The menu: Goatherd's Pie, Mushroom Risotto, Qwama Egg Quiche, Spiced Root Cake, and Hot Spiced Cider from the Elder Scrolls Cookbook.  Second-best feast ever at Fieldhaven, after the 18-course Indian feast.  \o/  I  made a pie crust that actually worked!  The rye crust is a pain in the ass to make, but performs brilliantly.  

We did a ritual for new beginnings tonight.  We used my new wave candles.  The wick produces a big, bright, dancing flame along its curve.  :D

Afterwards we tested out my new Kozo game.  It is harder than it looks on the box because of the placement rules -- you have to keep the blocks in a chimney shape, not crossing the center or sticking out.  I dubbed the balance cubes "asshole cubes" because they are placed to block other players' moves.  However, it adds a large element of strategy to a dexterity game.  Also, the storage space inside the box will hold the large blocks if and only if they are assembled into a rectangular solid.  If this is difficult for you to do, I strongly recommend taking notes and/or photos as you disassemble them.  Otherwise, I imagine that lots of people resort to storing theirs in a bag atop the box.  Happily, my_partner_doug is good at puzzles and was able to reassemble them after only a few minutes.

Autism and Language

Two different people mentioned today that the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum is shifting to include either linguistic disability or very high ability.  I could not corroborate this with an online search, but it's an interesting thing to watch for.