Saturday, February 16th, 2019 02:28 am
The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now active with a theme of "growing up."  Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written


From My Prompts

 
Saturday, February 16th, 2019 01:46 am
Welcome to the seventy-eighth Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, February 16-Sunday, February 17. The theme is "Growing Up."


Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Everyone is eligible to post prompts, which may be words or phrases, titles, images, etc. Prompters may request a specific creator, but everyone else may still use that prompt if they wish. Prompts may specify a particular character/world/etc. but creators may use the prompt for something else anyway and post the results. Prompters are still encouraged to post mostly prompts that anyone could use anywhere, as this maximizes the chance of having creators make something based on your prompt. Please title your comment "Prompt" or "Prompts" when providing inspiration so these are easy to find.

Prompt responses may also be treated as prompts and used for further inspiration. For example, a prompt may lead to a sketch which leads to a story, and so on. This kind of cascading inspiration is one of the most fun things about a collective jam session.

Everyone is eligible to use prompts, and everyone who wants to use a given prompt may do so, for maximum flexibility of creator choice in inspiration. You do not have to post a "Claim" reply when you decide to use a prompt, but this does help indicate what is going on so that other prompters can spread out their choice of prompts if they wish.

Creators are encouraged, but not required, to post at least one item free. Likewise, sharing a private copy of material with the prompter is encouraged but not required. Creative material resulting from prompts should be indicated in a reply to the prompt, with a link to the full content elsewhere on the creator's site (if desired); a brief excerpt and/or description of the material may be included in the reply (if desired). It helps to title your comment "Prompt Filled" or something like that so these are easy to identify. There is no time limit on responding to prompts. However, creators are encouraged to post replies sooner rather than later, as the attention of prompters will be highest during and shortly after the session.

Some items created from prompts may become available for sponsorship. Some creators may offer perks for donations, linkbacks, or other activity relating to this project. Check creator comments and links for their respective offerings.

Prompters, creators, and bystanders are expected to behave in a responsible and civil manner. If the moderators have to drag someone out of the sandbox for improper behavior, we will not be amused. Please respect other people's territory and intellectual property rights, and only play with someone else's characters/setting/etc. if you have permission. (Fanfic/fanart freebies are okay.) If you want to invite folks to play with something of yours, title the comment something like "Open Playground" so it's easy to spot. This can be a good way to attract new people to a shared world or open-source project, or just have some good non-canon fun.

Boost the signal! The more people who participate, the more fun this will be. Hopefully we'll see activity from a lot of folks who regularly mention their projects in this community, but new people are always welcome. You can link to this session post or to individual items created from prompts, whatever you think is awesome enough to recommend to your friends.
Friday, February 15th, 2019 10:42 pm
Already running behind in 2019. This doesn't bode well...

Per usual, you can either comment here or on the previous post for your goal for this month.
And current participants, don't forget to comment with your final word count :)

You can always commit to a constant goal the whole year, if you find it easier than to comment every month. Just let me know and I'll add you to the list automatically.

Welcome! to those of you who are new... )
We understand that people have lives, and that writing is not always easy when life gets in the way. But, if you want to challenge yourself and make writing a part of your daily life, this is a good way to start:)

Please comment if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you:)
Friday, February 15th, 2019 10:35 pm
It looks like no one completed their goal in December.

Writer Pledge Progress
[personal profile] ariestess 1250 words/day --/38750 words
[personal profile] kate 2000 words/month --/2000 words
[personal profile] kurosakiami01 500 words/day --/15500 words
[personal profile] melsheartsthings 10 days/month --/10 days
[personal profile] shadowcat 2000 words/month --/2000 words

~ Just a quick reminder to post here at the end of each week (or at the end of the month) with your word count :)
~ Also, you are signing up for 31 days' worth of writing, so if you happen to start in the middle of the month, please adjust your goals accordingly:)
Friday, February 15th, 2019 10:22 pm
Congratulations to [personal profile] ariestess, [personal profile] hunter_king, & [personal profile] shadowcat for completing their goal in November!

Writer Pledge Progress
[personal profile] ariestess 1250 words/day 28363/38750 words
[livejournal.com profile] chamilet 100 words/day --/3100 words
[livejournal.com profile] mayachain 500 words/day --/15500 words
[personal profile] melsheartsthings 12740 words/month --/12740 words
[personal profile] personality_disorder 20000 words/month --/20000 words
[personal profile] sapphire2309 1 sentence of fic/day --/31 sentences
[personal profile] shadowcat 2000 words/month --/2000 words

~ Just a quick reminder to post here at the end of each week (or at the end of the month) with your word count :)
~ Also, you are signing up for 31 days' worth of writing, so if you happen to start in the middle of the month, please adjust your goals accordingly:)
Friday, February 15th, 2019 03:06 pm
The things geeks do: a telescope wearing a boxing glove, and an example of "screw lab safety, I want superpowers."
Thursday, February 14th, 2019 11:57 pm
 Thanks to an audience poll, there are 25 new verses in "Only If It Is Embraced."  Clement takes care of Gray's minor injuries, but they argue about Keane again.
Thursday, February 14th, 2019 11:42 pm
 In case you needed another thing to panic about, losing inland water contributes to rising oceans.
Thursday, February 14th, 2019 09:48 pm
Now this product has potential: heating patches for clothes. They're supposed to be lightweight, flexible, and efficient.  

For me, the usability comes down to comfort: if it feels like soft fabric I can use it, but not if it's scratchy or stiff.  If soft, it would represent a big improvement over adding yet! another! layer! or stuffing a hot sock down my sweater.  There are all kinds of products to trap heat or put heat in, but most of them are clunky.  A truly lightweight one would be awesome, and I would pay extra for it if it was in my budget.
Thursday, February 14th, 2019 09:26 pm
This article describes an implant that can shut off hunger signals.  It has some positive potential, but also a lot of serious risks that I don't think people are considering.

* It's ideal for treating nonsense hunger.  That is, hunger which does not impose a concrete penalty for ignoring it.  Emotional eating and social eating both fall into this category.  \o/

* It's very bad for situations where the appetite signals hunger, and without eating, penalties such as headache, stomachache, and irritability ensue.  Those need a different solution.

* It doesn't have a user-controllable off switch.  That means you can't, for example, allow yourself to eat a full healthy meal and then use the device to quell urges for snacking.  It seems to get stuck in nibble mode.

* Drastically reducing food intake without improving the quality  of food would greatly increase dietary illnesses.  Most American food is high in calories but pretty low in actual nutrients. Cut the food and people who already aren't getting quite enough vitamins will suddenly be getting up to 40% less.  No, you can't simply replace those will pills, because bioavailability is much lower with pills than with actual food.

Do you think doctors will care about these factors?  I don't.  I think they'll use the same bullying tactics they already do with other things, and once this device becomes available, it'll be "Get this implant and stop being such a pig, or you don't get any health care."  Which will predictably make people's health worse, because many people already avoid health care because they don't wish to be abused about their weight, and that undermines health. But not as much as letting people hurt you, so for many folks it's a valid trade, even if it's less good than what they should  have with good care.  This is regrettable because the device sounds ideal for treating a subset of overeating which is pretty common.
Thursday, February 14th, 2019 05:13 pm
Although the exact causes vary, life expectancy is declining for multiple groups of Americans.

For Hispanics, overdoses and suicides are the leading causes of death.
For non-Hispanic whites, both men and women, overdoses and alcohol-related diseases appear to drive increased mortality.
For non-Hispanic black women, diabetes-related mortality is increasing.
For non-Hispanic black men, leading causes are cancer, alcohol-related diseases and external causes, such as traffic accidents
.

All of those, with the probable exception of "external causes," can be caused or exacerbated by poverty, social insecurity, and other problems indicative of a dysfunctional society.  All of the substance-abuse problems, and cancer to the extent it is caused by substances such as tobacco, relate to self-medicating to endure a miserable life.  Diabetes and cancer are much deadlier when preventive and maintenance care are difficult or impossible to obtain, and they occur disproportionately in populations with poor environmental health (e.g. next to a toxic waste dump) and diet (e.g. commodity foods, which are harmful to the point of genocide).  Suicide is the most unmistakable and irrevocable "I SAID NO" that a former citizen can give to society, and it is rising not only in oppressed groups but also seemingly "good" lives that are so stressful as to be unendurable.

A couple of groups not mentioned: Native Americans have a ruinously high death rate due to things like suicide, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and substance abuse.  Maternal and infant perinatal deaths are skyrocketing, thank you Texas and the rest of the South.  None of which is an accident.
Thursday, February 14th, 2019 04:38 pm
This is a post for aces, singles, and other folks who need a refuge from all the kissy stuff today.  You can talk about the asexuality spectrum, single lifestylenonsexual intimacies, or whatever else floats your boat.  Recommend resources on these topics, favorite stories or movies, share the platonic love!

If you want to explore some of my writing on this topic, try browsing:
My QUILTBAG Characters
Sexual Orientations in My Characters
Romantic Orientations in My Characters

Asexuality in Fiction
Asexuals Writing Asexuals

These series have asexual characters and/or minimal sex/romance:
An Army of One
Clay of Life
Kung Fu Robots
The Origami Mage
Path of the Paladins
Polychrome Heroics: Dr. Infanta
Polychrome Heroics: Shiv

These series have characters who are unmarried, with or without interest in relationships:
Fiorenza the Wisewoman
P.I.E.
Polychrome Heroics: Calliope
Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra
Polychrome Heroics: Danso and Family
The Steamsmith
Tripping into the Future

Thursday, February 14th, 2019 01:47 am
Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list.

18. What are five things you’re thankful for right now?

* My partner.

* My friends.

* My home.

* My talents.

* The very fuzzy and soft loungewear I have on.
Thursday, February 14th, 2019 12:40 pm
I haven't updated the blog for a while - but happy Lunar New Year! Gung hei fatt choy!

We also celebrated Bai Tian Gong yesterday, which falls on the 9th day of the 15-day Lunar New Year festivities. Bai Tian Gong has special significance to Hokkien Chinese as it is a day of gratitude and celebrating the birthday of the Jade Emperor.

Also sent off all my edits. So, I am giving myself a semi-hiatus.

:D

Also Valentine's and Galentine's Day!
Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 08:01 pm
So basically this analysis of the Challenger failure is a much tighter version of what I said in junior high.  Nobody listened to me then.  Nobody is listening to me now; everything is geared toward doing things faster and cheaper.  But if you are in any job where important things going wrong could injure people, wreck the environment, or waste tons of money then please consider this a reminder to go check  your fault tolerances, safety precautions, and emergency supplies.  I know, I know, people think fault tolerance is a huge waste of space and money.  But it's not.  It's the price you pay for having ways to stop an emergency before it becomes a deadly flaming disaster.
Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 04:42 pm
Petition to stop making Harry Potter's "actual" name be Harold, Harrison, or (rather inexplicably, to me) Hadrian?