March 23rd, 2020

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Whales Fight Climate Change

 ... by spraying nutrients out of their butts, which feed phytoplankton, which take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen.  To the tune of $2 million value per whale.

Step 1: Stop all killing of whales.

Step 2: Increase protection from threats such as marine noise, plastic pollution, and ship strikes.  In particular the price of a squealer to fix the sound shadow would be neglible compared to $2 million of climate support.
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Feathering the Nest

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Feathering the Nest on nonsexual intimacy and fluff. Leave prompts, get ficlet!

If I reach a total of $150 in sponsored stories, I’ll post a bonus story of 7500 words, which doubles the fun for everyone! This time, I’m offering a story about Heron Finn being less than composed, and interacting with the Broken Angels. (It is very hard to write an interesting but spoiler-free synopsis of this story.)

The bonus story is super cute, too. ;)
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Monday Update 3-23-20

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Boston Wives"
Recipe: "Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Smoothie"
Cloning Monkeys
Birdfeeding
Poem: Spring Haiku 3-18-20
Community Building Tip: Get Lit
Dragons
Would humans evolve again?
Assisted Dying
Poem: "That Time It Rained for Two Million Years"
Poem: "Before the City Sinks"
Recipe: "Candied Yams"
Self-Awareness Question: Speaking Your Mind
Gendered Languages
Starlings
Poem: "The Once-Were Animals"
Hard Things


The bonus fishbowl inspired a lot of poems, though not a lot of sales.  I'm still writing, though.

I am hosting an Arts and Crafts Festival to connect sellers with buyers. Please spread the word.


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics at present.

"To Be Something Stronger and Better" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. Tolli, Shiv, and Caroline hang out in the workshop after the sculpture show.

"Pride Against Prejudice" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Find out what happened to Aconite.


The weather has been mild here, and it rained several times. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of assorted blackbird species, a flock of mourning doves, a flock of sparrows, several cardinals, several dark-eyed juncos, several house finches, a couple of robins, a downy woodpecker, a squirrel, and a rabbit.  Currently blooming: winter aconite, snowdrops, miniature iris, Cornelian cherry dogwood, maple, hazelnut, crocus.  Daffodils have buds but are not open yet.


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Do fish ever get bored in fish tanks?

Yes they do.

Any fishkeeper can tell you this, because like most animals, when fish get bored, they turn destructive.  If your fish are tiny, like zebra danios, it's not a big deal.  Larger fish, however, can dig up the substrate, move rocks around, shred plants, or otherwise make a pain of themselves.  Also if you have more than one fish, they'll eat each other.  Solitary fish may pick at themselves or stop moving much.

Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent fish boredom by providing a more natural and interesting environment.  Rocks, tunnels, bubbles, plants, etc. help a lot.

You can also switch up their diet.  Most fun I've ever had for $2 -- feeding live brine shrimp to angelfish.  Their mouths can evert into a giant vortex of doom, sucking in hapless prey.  They typically don't do that with flakes, just gulp them down.  You have to give them live food to see how big that mouth can get.
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Salsa Recipes

 This batch spans the range from smooth puree through bits swimming in liquid to pile of chunks.  Paired with a healthy conveyor like whole-grain baked crackers/chips, this can be a great way to eat lots of vegetables.  You can also put salsa on top of things such as grilled meat, or use it as a sandwich condiment.  The bright colors really dress up a plate.  \o/
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Birdfeeding

Today is cool and gray.  I fed the birds.  I heard a woodpecker industriously drumming on a tree -- the sound of a healthy forest mature enough to have dead snags.  :D  House finches were out earlier too, at the hopper feeder and the thistle sock.

I did a little brush trimming around the bee tree and into the orchard.