February 22nd, 2021


Poem: "Spinning Out of Nothingness"

This poem came out of the January 5, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] alatefeline, and Anonymous. It also fills the "Launching a New Group" square in my 1-3-21 card for the Fresh Starts Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] janetmiles, and [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is fun and upbeat, but I lost three days roaming around the Nebraska Collective Fiber Fair. You have been warned.

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Feathering the Nest

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Feathering the Nest today, with a theme of "nonsexual intimacies." Leave prompts, get ficlets!

If I reach $150 in tips for the event (between posting the prompt call and the day before Magpie Monday in March), I’ll post a bonus story of 7500 to 8,000 words. It’s a retelling/reimagining of a Russian folk tale, guaranteed to have a happy ending.

Monday Update 2-22-21

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Defined by the Patient"
Poem: "Everywhere Immigrants Have Enriched"
Community Building Tip: YIMBY
Poem: "Skin Bridges"
Poem: "Symptoms of Heartbreak"
Science =/= Politics (54 comments)
Poem: "The One Thing That We All Have in Common"
Poem: "Crocheting Rainbows"
Poetry Fishbowl Report for February 2, 2021
Unsold Poems for the February 2, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl
Read "A Sense of Weather Changes"
Soy-Molasses Salmon
Self-Awareness Question: Compliments
Moment of Silence: Wendy Griffin
Good News

The February 2021 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this past weekend. See what I've written.

The Rose and Bay Awards are open for voting. The voting period runs February 1-28. Go vote for your favorite projects! Use the nomination posts to learn more about them. Spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in participating.
Art: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate art! Vote for art!
Fiction: [personal profile] freshbakedlady Nominate fiction! Vote for fiction!
Poetry: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer Nominate poetry! Vote for poetry!
Webcomic: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate webcomics! Vote for webcomics!
Other Project: [personal profile] zianuray Nominate other projects! Vote for other projects!
Patron: [personal profile] nsfwords Nominate patrons! Vote for patrons!

My February goal is wok study. You can read along with me for foodpr0n even if you don't use a wok. Here are the relevant posts:
We Have a Wok
Wok Study
Recipe: "Ginger Pork Stir-Fry with Mushroom"
Today's Cooking: Orange Beef
Wok Recipes
Oyster Sauce
Recipe: "Chicken with Pineapple"
Recipe: "Bell Pepper Beef"
Recipe: "Chicken with Baby Corn Stir-Fry"
Recipe: "Beef and Peas Stir-fry"
Recipe: "Mushroom Chicken Stir-fry"

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics at present.

"A Celebration and a Consolation" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Keira's father dumps her mother on Yule.

"The Best Understanding of Their Differences" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Calliope and has 3 new verses. Calliope and Vagary consider the aftermath of the bubble fight.

The weather has been cold and variable here.  Much of the snow melted yesterday.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of sparrows, a flock of cardinals, a flock of mourning doves, several dark-eyed juncos, a Bewick's wren, a downy woodpecker, and a squirrel.

Cloned Black-Footed Ferret

The first clone of an endangered species is a black-footed ferret

It's a valiant effort.  However, it's not likely to save the species.  Without diversity, they're doomed, even if living individuals remain.  Really reviving the species would require increasing the diversity.  That can be done by finding other sources of unrelated genes, or by artificially varying the available genes.

EDIT 2/23/21: Based on comments, I want to add that I find this advance useful but not sufficient in saving endangered species.  Since the current population started with only 7 individuals, or 8 if we count the new clone, that's not enough for long-term survival.  You'd have to get above the minimum viable population.  This varies by species, and it is often set too low.  (An exception is rabbits: they have repeatedly established viable populations from only 1 buck and 1 doe, or even just 1 pregnant doe.)  A few people even think that trying to save endangered species is wrong.