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This poem came from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "I'm thankful for you" square in my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This is really a romance, but it includes some serious (consensual) roughhousing in the gym. Consider your tastes and headspace before clicking through.

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From The Legal Geeks: Take Judicial Notice: We're Lawyers, We're Geeks, and We're Proud

Contract Law in Space: 3 cases from Firefly*

Firefly was wickedly creative, well-written and had fantastic humor. Spaceships and wardrobe that ranged from Western to Steampunk to Chinese aside, Firefly presented excellent Contract formation issues.
Contract formation consists of 1) Offer; 2) Acceptance; 3) Consideration; and 4) Performance.
In the world of Firefly, it was often 1) Offer 2) Acceptance 3) Gunfight (also known as breach). Let’s review three episodes to examine these contract issues.

* actually titled "Firefly & Lessons in Contract Law", but I typed the other one offhand and I like it better

Posted by Chas Clifton

Israeli scholar Shai Ferraro talks about Canannite (i.e., Pagan) reconstructionism in present-day Israel. This is an excerpt from his presentation at the recent conference of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism in Riga, Latvia. (Wish I could have been there.)

He makes a reference to the “Canaanites” who were not reconstructionists. That would be these “Canaanites.” Note that some members were fighters in the Irgun — and there is apparently a story there from the days of the Israeli struggle for independence. Basically, this movement wanted to form an Israeli/Hebrew identity that was separate from both Jewish religion and Zionism — a re-enchantment of the land.

ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "criminal intent" square of my 9-30-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] curiosity. This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is a creepy telepath, really revolting use of superpowers, telepathic child molestation, telepathic violation of a nonconsenting adult, graphic violence, vigilante action by offended supervillains, mild cooperation between black and white capes, and between supervillains and police. If these are sensitive issues for you, consider your headspace before reading onward.

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The Hot Rock.
Bank Shot.
Jimmy the Kid.
Nobody's Perfect.
Why Me?
Good Behavior.
Drowned Hopes.
Don't Ask.
What's the Worst That Could Happen?
Bad News.
The Road to Ruin.
Watch Your Back!
What's So Funny?
Get Real.


For my money, Drowned Hopes is the best one.

NO MOVIES!
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "no honor among thieves" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] curiosity. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some tense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is incarceration, reference to lingering damage from previous injuries, explicit self-harm, blaming others, psychological manipulation with intent to harm, negative coping methods in general, and use of superpowers for petty mischief. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your headspace before reading onward.

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[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #435 ]

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[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #435 ]




The first secret from this batch will be posted on May 2nd.



RULES:
1. One secret link per comment.
2. 600x600 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT: http://i.imgur.com/KuBug.png
- Doing it WRONG: http://imgur.com/KuBug

Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.

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Optional #3: If you would like a transcript to be posted along with your secret, put it along with the link in the comment!

Bonus linkback!

Apr. 25th, 2015 12:26 pm[personal profile] dialecticdreamer posting in [community profile] crowdfunding
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SURPRISE!

As a surprise to [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith, I'm hosting a bonus linkback today. Like usual reply to this post with the places you've boosted the signal, and I'll add a new verse to the linkback poem(S).

Yup, that's grammatically awkward, but correct! Here's what's different: you pick which poem from previous months will reveal the verse(s). If you have no preference, I'll prioritized the oldest of the four options, to get these beautiful stories fully posted. As a courtesy to you, when I send your notice that the verse(s) are up, I'll include a link to the appropriate page.

D.O.P.-T.

Apr. 25th, 2015 11:12 am[personal profile] weofodthignen
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It rained last night, and steadily rather than the showers we were given a chance of receiving. Unfortunately this meant the bus was not only crowded and late, it had three different bellicose passengers and the driver stopped protractedly several times to get them to state they would control themselves.

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Apr. 25th, 2015 11:05 am[personal profile] weofodthignen
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It's still odd to ride the same bus route to work in daylight. I keep noticing stores here and there that have changed hands. The guitar store has become a sushi restaurant. There is still a sea of concrete and a forlorn building where the big Summerwinds garden center was, but I can now see that roses are blooming against the chainlink fence.
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Imagine doing brain surgery by remote control.

That's just what STL engineer, Robert E. Gottfried, did over the weekend, on an ailing deep space probe.

(read the rest at Galactic Journey!

An Update

Apr. 25th, 2015 04:27 pm[personal profile] k_a_webb posting in [community profile] crowdfunding
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It's been a long time since I posted to this community, because I've found myself lacking time to do anything that isn't work recently, and before that I was dealing with coming to terms with the death of my father. Then, about two weeks ago, James managed to slip a disk in his back, so I've been looking after him and working and trying to keep on top of doing everything that needs to be done. However I'm now back to crowdfunding on a more regular basis, although I can't do it the same way I once did, thanks to the new EU laws (thank you for that, EU, I really appreciate it).

So I have my Patreon account. I've posted some of my older work there, I'm going to be posting some free stories in my collections, and it's basically going to be my paywall. More of my work is going to go behind it in the near future than I will be posting free, at least until I'm making at least $400 a month there. I want, in the future, for Patreon to be able to pay my rent, instead of me having to ghostwrite, which will give me the freedom to post more for free.

For those of you more interested in my custom writing I have my Etsy shop. Money made from anything I sell here will be going to pay the rent, at least until I have that covered in some way, and then I'll be putting it towards the groceries. It's only once I've made $1200 in a month I'll be able to buy anything nice for myself or be able to put anything into savings. With this in mind I might set myself up a rent counter at the website for people to see how well I'm doing with making my own writing my main earner.

some insanity (not mine)

Apr. 25th, 2015 03:16 am[personal profile] thnidu
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There is an insane webpage called timecube.com, which is described by Wikipedia beginning thus:

Time Cube is a website created in 1997 by Gene Ray, also known as Otis Eugene Ray. On the site, he sets out his personal model of reality, which he calls "Time Cube". He suggests that all of modern physics is wrong, and his Time Cube model proposes that each day is really four separate days occurring simultaneously.

On the site, Ray uses language ranging from the formal to the abusive (including insults and racial generalizations) and non-sequitur lines such as "Belly-Button Logic© Works. When Does Teenager Die? Adults Eat Teenagers Alive, No Record Of Their Death." The narrative weaves in and out of his metaphysical theory with numerous unique digressions. Throughout the text, Ray refers to himself as being godlike with a superior intelligence, claiming the existence of absolute evidence and proof behind his theories. Some have claimed it is futile to analyze the text rationally, locate meaningful proofs in the text, or verify any evidence. Academia has mostly ignored Ray's theory.

When you try to browse to the Time Cube site, you see it for a moment, then it redirects to a cybersquatting site. I managed to capture it, without the background pattern. It's evidently made from an MSWord document and is bloated with the overloaded formatting that Microsoft produces.

It is copyright by the owner; I've kept the copyright notice, which is at the bottom. The version behind the cut does not have the colors, centering, different size type (but all huge), and so on.

As for the text content, read and heed the warnings in the Wikipedia extract above.

You may want to prepare yourself. My advice is in the userpic.




crossposted to http://thnidu.livejournal.com/1514488.html , but only part of the text; it exceeds LJ's limits.

Poem: "Fate Misnamed"

Apr. 24th, 2015 11:55 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "accidental mating for life" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calvin/Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem features some touchy topics. Highlight to read further warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is canon-typical supervillain activity, a superpower mishap resulting in a mental link, nonconsensual drug use, a whole heap of boundary violations and other consent issues, really awkward interactions, a supervillain trying to do at least some of the right things and getting smacked down rather hard, and other angst. There are some hopeful notes, but folks are by no means out of the woods yet. If these are sensitive issues for you, consider your headspace before clicking through.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with some intense material. The warnings are spoilers; highlight to read them. Hadyn is a survivor of child abuse, so extra alert to that kind of issue. She notices clues that make her suspect that her classmate Adriel might be abused. So Hadyn has to scrape up her courage to tell someone. It is scary and creepy. Plus Adriel gets mad at Hadyn for a while. It all works out in the end, though, and the environment is generally supportive. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your headspace before deciding if this is something you want to read.

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bicycling (not me)

Apr. 24th, 2015 07:24 pm[personal profile] thnidu
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The Philadelphia Admirer is a four-page free paper (can't call it a newspaper, not sure what to call it) that comes out once a week. It's got... well, advice, essays (or streams of consciousness), local ads, odd little drawings, et cætera. I pick it up occasionally, usually at the Green Line on Locust St., one of the many neighborhood coffee shops I'm apt to drop in at if I get the urge while out walking.

The front page is always mostly the essay (or stream of consciousness). This week's I found so sweet and alive that I emailed the Admirer this afternoon for permission to link to it. The reply came in about half an hour ago:
Thanks for your letter. My name is David and I wrote the bicycle story. (...)

You can certainly link to this issue. I keep all issues on Philadelphia-secret-admirer.tumblr.com. This most recent will be on the top.

I hope that your day is lovely.

Best,
David Otter

(The writers all use animal last names; Hannah Wren is another.)

The issues on Tumblr are PDF images, with the front page at top right. This issue is Vol.3, Issue 105, April 21-27, 2015.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills a square on my 7-4-14 Plot Challenges Bingo card for Situation: Remorse, Setting: Youth Center, Complication: Stumbling in the Dark. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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The Love of Hopeless Causes

Apr. 25th, 2015 10:00 am[personal profile] vostoklake
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This morning, my yoga instructor addressed the subject of ANZAC Day. Because she's from a German-speaking country, she explained that she had always had no interest in war or its commemoration. But because she's a yoga instructor and thus an awful hippie, she had realised that it's right to fight for good causes, for the things you love. Therefore, "this day is about love", apparently.

She's absolutely right that fighting to defend your people, your family, the Earth and its creatures, and basic decency is a noble thing. I've been working through a text on the New Zealand Wars, and those Māori who fought for their land, their people and their tikanga; and those Māori who fought against them, sometimes out of old feuds, sometimes out of sincere belief that being part of the BRITISH EMPIRE was the best safeguard of all those things. It made no difference after the wars, of course, all the "damned Natives" got their land confiscated alike.

But what did the ANZACs "love"? It wasn't a love of New Zealand. New Zealand wasn't a country, it was a Dominion of the mighty BRITISH EMPIRE, by Gad. Many of those young men joined up in a passion of excitement and love for an Empire which ruled a quarter of the globe and had decided to pick a fight when A CHALLENGER APPEARED in the shape of the Second German Reich (and its Ottoman and Hapsburg buddies). The Germans were NOT going to sail south from Apia and Zeppelin-bomb Auckland. No, Winston bloody Churchill sent my trusting, naive, loving great-grandfather out to a beach in the Dardanelles to catch a load of shrapnel in the back from Turks who were defending their homeland. (And of course their general, Mustafa Kemal, loved his country so much as to overthrow the Ottoman monarchy after the war.)

People fight for love, true. Sometimes we love things that are not worthy. Can we honour the love while despising the object?

Talk me out of this

Apr. 24th, 2015 04:33 pm[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
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My 'A' hardcover bookcase is situated such that I walk by it every day when I leave and my eye keeps falling on Anderson's The Avatar...

citizen science ahoy!

Apr. 24th, 2015 03:24 pm[personal profile] telophase
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If you've got a few minutes to kill, Zooniverse has another camera-trap project, this one focusing on chimpanzees (and other animals) in West Africa. It's simple: you watch a 15-second video from a camera trap somewhere in the bush, and mark any animals in in and what they're doing. (If it's chimps, they have a couple more questions.) Answer to the best of your ability: if you get it wrong, it's OK because they show each video to many volunteers and the wisdom of the crowd has been shown, statistically from the Snapshot Serengeti project, to work quite well in IDing what's there.

Anyway, sometimes you're rewarded with awesome videos like these two juvenile male elephants play-fighting!

EDIT: There's also this (human) guy dancing with a machete. Unknown at the moment if he's a researcher there to deal with the cameras, a poacher, or a local of another sort. Either way, he's got some moves.

Poem: "Morninghill"

Apr. 24th, 2015 02:01 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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This poem was inspired by a comment from [personal profile] fred_mouse about superheroes with disabilities, especially dementia. It also fills the "Thank God It's Friday ... Again: Time Loops" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. This poem belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Apr. 24th, 2015 12:32 pm[personal profile] weofodthignen
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A customer put in more money right when I needed to start shutting the store; refunding him made me a little late and the bus was just starting to pass as I ran out of the door. Luckily the driver stopped when he saw me run towards him waving madly. Maybe the massive bunch of keys in my hand helped. (Then of course I had to stand all the way, but that's nothing new.) This schedule is horrible.

(no subject)

Apr. 24th, 2015 02:17 pm[personal profile] telophase
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Just got complimented on my pin.
photo )
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Widely known as the model for Rosie the Riveter, Mary Doyle Keefe has passed away.  Well, I guess the Pearly Gates will be kept in good repair.  This cultural icon helped women break into the working world.

Posted by Inominandum

Last night I gave the second of my Arcane Audio Webinars, this one was on Advanced Financial Sorcery. During the Q and A I described a period of my life when, because of my lack of degree, my moving further from the cities, and the general decline of the economy, my day jobs were spiraling into positions that paid less and less for doing work that I felt no excitement for. I described how to re-shuffle the cards you are dealt and the need to keep your head up so you can find a new way of looking at the situation. One of the students, facing a similar situation now, asked “Which god do you go to for that?”

This is a question that I get asked a LOT. “What God do I pray to for that?”

The Gods and Spirits have become like apps on your smartphone.

Want to feel clearer? There’s a God for that….

The funny thing is that very often these folks have gone to dozens of dieties and spirits already. Bune, Jupiter, Tzadkiel, Odin, Dzambhala, Habondia…. They keep asking different spirits to support the same thing and when they don’t get it they move on. Because if they just hit up the right one they are sure that it is all going to work out.

There are three pieces of advice that I want to share about this:

1. The problem is most often not who you are asking for help; it’s what you are asking for. If your business model sucks ass the gods are not going to suddenly make everyone love your product. If you have a crappy resume, the gods are not going to land you a job at Ernst and Young. If you look like an unmade bed and smell like you bathe in Axe body spray and Yak Sweat the Spirits are not going to get you laid consistently. This is why I am always stressing magic being linked to new and more skillful actions.

2. Your own mind is part of the problem. Stop always looking outside for your solution and look in the mirror instead. Stop asking the spirits to lift you up – lift yourself up. Stop asking the gods for clarity, start working on your own mind. There is nothing that you know that is not filtered through your own mind. This is why I am always stressing meditation and mind training. I will be doing even moreso in the future as I prepare for my next big book.

3. Finding the right spirit is not as important as deepening the relationships you have already. I am not saying that you should limit yourself, or not know many spirits, but people get really caught up the these tables of correspondence. If you have a deep relationship with Aphrodite, maybe you would do better asking her to drive customers your way instead of turning to Helios or Zeus.

These three pieces of advice really represent the three things that Strategic Sorcery attempts to combine:

1. Mind Training
2. Skillful Living
3. Sorcery

I tend to view these as overlapping circles, with Strategic Sorcery being squarely in the center of the three. But in a way there is also an order of importance here, and I list them above in that order.

If you have a clear compassionate and strong mind, you WILL be happy no matter what because your joy is based on something beyond outer circumstance. The other two are nothing without a clear mind.

If you have a clear, and strong mind, that is firmly anchored in its primordial nature you can shape your life through skillful living to reflect this. Your actions will be like the rays of the sun carrying the warmth of your Gnosis into the world. As far as I am concerned while Sorcery works without this, it does not amount to much.

Sorcery, that has a clear mind and skillful life to work within is like catalyst added to a chemical reaction. It can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, its effect rippling upwards and outwards into the Mind and Life.

Hah

Apr. 24th, 2015 11:21 am[personal profile] telophase
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Just got a form email from the dealership we bought my car from. It says we've been picked to participate in their Vehicle Exchange Program and that we can probably change our current car for a newer model one and keep our payment of $145.36 the same!

Alas, they don't seem to realize that we only financed $5000 of the car--and only did that because it took $1500 off the price of the car--and paid it all off two weeks later.

Gosh, what a deal.

If

Apr. 24th, 2015 12:20 pm[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
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You could suggest just one interesting historical period that isn't Rome, an idealized British Empire, rechewed American Revolution or Rome for SF writers to rip off, what would it be?
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I've noticed any time he pauses for a long time before doing something, the outcome is generally not favorable to him.

Most recently, he was mulling over what turn out to be "Should I bop Groucho on the nose?" He chose poorly.

we are such nerds

Apr. 24th, 2015 09:45 am[personal profile] telophase
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We went to a show in Dallas last night, a fundraiser for a literacy center that featured Grant and Martha from the NPR show/podcast A Way with Words. While we were waiting for the curtain to rise, we talked about the shows we had tickets to this year and realized that they were all NPR people: this one, then in May, we're going to see a talk by Jad Abumrad with Zoe Keating on cello providing music, and in November David Sedaris is coming back to the Bass Hall. I feel so nerdy intellectual.

Toby would like to stress that he found the May show and wants to go entirely because he's a fan of Zoe Keating's music and she's not giving a regular concert in North Texas (we'd have to drive to Austin or Houston that weekend), but I still called him a nerd.
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Hugo Awards

One of the questions when faced with bloc nominating in the Hugo Awards is this: when is something bloc voting/nominating? When isn’t it?

There have been statements about the Sad Puppies slate being a slate because it’s five items in many categories: conveniently the number of possible nominations. And, while that is a compelling argument, that isn’t one I find especially convincing.

A Question Was Posed

In this comment, MC DuQuesne says:

Here’s another obvious slate that should be taken into account
http://aidanmoher.com/blog/featured-article/2015/03/final-2015-hugo-awards-ballot-recommendations/

I’m not going to respond to the sealioning in MC’s comments here (though I did cover the answers in another recent comment on the post they commented on), but Aidan’s post actually is a good compare/contrast to discuss why I believe Aidan’s post was not a slate and the Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies was.

Because, frankly, if you don’t think that setting up a sockpuppet site (or a hundred), declaring a slate of “SJW” works, and infesting it with a few pets to write blog comments (perhaps even buying a few fiverr gigs for even more comments) isn’t going to happen, well, that’s naive.

So, what defines a slate, then?

Well, let’s look at a bit of unpleasant second-world history for some actual historic usage, tweets by Rose Lemberg that were storified by Charles A. Tan. Actual gulag tales there.

Clearly, we don’t mean anything that dramatic with bloc voting in the Hugos. One hopes.

For starters, there’s the obvious results-based approach. Let’s look at successful nominations this year:

Slate/List Successful Nominations Failed Nominations
Rabid Puppies (Slate) 55 12
Sad Puppies (Slate) 49 11
Aidan Moher (List) 8 34

Aidan’s list includes two Best Novel nominees, one Long Form nominee (shared with the puppies), one Best Pro Editor Short Form nominee, one Best Professional Artist nominee, and three Best Semiprozine nominees. What’s particularly interesting—and perhaps most compelling given how much of Aidan’s blog is about art—is that his sole Fan Artist nomination wasn’t on the final ballot at all. This was the sole puppy-free category, too.

A Better Measure of Influence: the MilliScalzi

Google ranks pages; Alexa ranks sites. Alexa ranks are used by all kinds of companies to measure influence. The ranking (lower is better) means: how many sites are more influential than you are?

In this case, the milliScalzi is defined as:

1000 * (Scalzi’s Alexa Rank) / (Your Alexa Rank)

Name Alexa Rank MilliScalzis
John Scalzi 84,424 1,000
Vox Day 86,085 981
Larry Correia 124,256 679
Brad Torgersen 199,682 423
Sarah Hoyt 238,721 354
John C. Wright 265,307 318
Mike Glyer / File 770 296,754 284
Aidan Moher 525,045 161
Deirdre Saoirse Moen 579,880 146

So, given that Aidan and I hang around in the same milliScalzi hood, I feel I can say about how much influence he had this year. Let’s put it this way: it only took 23 nominations to get on the fan artist ballot, and his nomination didn’t make it onto the list.

More Compelling Reasons I Don’t Consider Aidan’s List a Slate

  1. Aidan didn’t highlight his own work. Do I need to explain how the puppy slates differed in that regard?
  2. Aidan posted it on March 9th (though he’d posted novel thoughts earlier), and nominations closed less than a week later. The Sad Puppies 3 slate was posted at the beginning of February. While I could also see a case being made for people just nominating without reading, I believe the extra lead time is a significant factor.
  3. A slate with little to no effective conversions (in the marketing sense, by which I mean people taking action) is not a slate. Given that the fan artist influence didn’t push his candidate up and over, I think the “slate” argument is truly a non-starter.

Just to put this in perspective, here are my blog stats for that same period:

march9-15-stats

Still, I think it’s poor form to post one’s full nomination list if one has any significant influence—and Aiden having won a Hugo last year means he has some. There are bound to be hurt feelings about who was left out, even if they’d never say so. (And no, I’m not the least bit offended or hurt. I’m glad I’m not on the final ballot this year. I feel for my friends who are.)

Hugo Awards Nomination Ideas

I kind of like this one because I think it’ll take more pressure off people who feel they haven’t read the whole field.

  • One nomination per (some new member type) member per category;
  • Two nominations (currently 5) per supporting member per category;
  • Four nominations (currently 5) per attending member per category.

I think only having one or two things would feel less overwhelming for someone who hadn’t read as widely.

In Other News

In other news, Worldcon has a new gavel (which Rick suggested be named Grabthar’s Hammer), and master filker Tom Smith has a Sad Puppies filk. With a choir.

Puppy nominee Lou Antonelli calls me a Nazi after I tossed him off my blog. (Nazi screencap here.) Protip: when your opening paragraph asserts a position I do not hold and tries to argue with me about it, things will not go well for you.

My honest reaction was amusement: you think you’re a legitimately-nominated Hugo Award nominee for Best Short Story (and Best Related Work)—and that’s the best you’ve got? Really?

Originally published at deirdre.net. You can comment here or there.

Your Recs Wanted!

Apr. 24th, 2015 08:59 am[personal profile] jjhunter posting in [community profile] followfriday
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Got any Follow Friday-related posts to share this week? Comment here with the link(s).
Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read.
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I managed to get organized enough to both water the grass and mow in back using my one day off. There was only one surprise dandelion clock to be mown down - they're coming to an end as it gets hotter and drier. On the other hand there are truly impressive weeds on the neighbors' side of the chainlink fence and at what used to be Yoda's house.
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This poem is spillover from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "vulnerability" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem deals with some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Stan's football buddies take exception to his relationship with Lawrence. Jealousy, possessiveness, homophobia and biphobia, bullying, verbal abuse, and other obnoxious behavior ensue. Stan has very little idea how to cope with any of this, because his experience focuses on protecting other people, not himself. He's always been able to rely on privilege and popularity, which are suddenly not quite as reliable as they once were. Fortunately Lawrence comes to the rescue, and Stan is a resilient fellow, but it's still very stressful. If these are sensitive issues for you, consider your headspace before deciding whether to read onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It also fills the "abandonment issues" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "you are a blessing in disguise" square in my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is flangst. The more detailed warnings contain spoilers; highlight to read. Sloane jumps on Lawrence without warning, and he dumps her on the floor by sheer reflex. And then he freaks out. Stuart follows Lawrence and very carefully talks him down. Lawrence goes back to talk with Sloane, who is also upset and wondering if she's just lost a good friend. Among other things, they discuss gender identity and roughhousing rules, and eventually they make up. There is a lot of stuff that hints or references neglect, abuse, bullying, and other stressful background. The current environment is supportive and the poem ends on a positive note. If these are sensitive topics for you, consider your current mood before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by a long string of outrageous news articles about the disgraceful state of local-American police service. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, showing how the Omaha police department -- and Terramagne in general -- manages such a high level of performance.

Warning: This poem features some intense topics. Among other things, this gives a really good look at what the characters consider to be normal, canon-typical levels of violence and appropriate ways of handling that. Highlight to read more of the warnings, which are spoilers. There is a frank discussion of a BASH raid on a supervillain, shown in considerable detail. The raid actually goes quite well, but with attention to what could have gone wrong because there turned out to be a toddler in the next house. Also one of the rookies is still pretty insecure about her job, and one of the senior cops is recently widowed. The departmental culture is very supportive, but the angst remains clear. The overall tone is upbeat and constructive. If these are sensitive topics for you, consider your headspace before reading onward.

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Thursday Drabble: Never Say Die

Apr. 23rd, 2015 06:47 pm[personal profile] wizardofaus posting in [community profile] charloft
Death is a touchy subject for many people. In the days of the Comic Code, and throughout much of Disney's career, the word was anathema, and even showing someone dying was forbidden. Even today, it's hard to talk about death sometimes.

Of course, that doesn't stop us from asking you for today's 100 word drabble subject: write a drabble about a character talking about death, without saying it.

[ SECRET POST #3032 ]

Apr. 23rd, 2015 06:40 pm[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets
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⌈ Secret Post #3032 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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Notes:

Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 019 secrets from Secret Submission Post #433.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
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In today’s mail was a “First Notice” from “North American Power,” addressed to a person I’ve never heard of.

It's a scam. Click on the first line to see his post.

Loose-leaf Links for April

Apr. 24th, 2015 08:00 am[personal profile] calissa
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Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon badge

Awards News ) On Diversity ) For Writers ) For Readers )

Which brings me to Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon! If my calculations are correct (and I make no promises on that front), this will be kicking off in Australia on Saturday, 25 April at 10pm AEST. If you need to tame your own Mt TBR (don’t we all?) or are looking to connect with a great community of book bloggers, it’s not too late to join! You can sign up, follow on Twitter, join the Goodreads group or any combination of the three. The read-a-thon website will be running warm-up posts containing great advice all the way up until the event.

Don’t be intimidated by the name. You don’t have to go for the full 24 hours–I’ll be going to bed just as things get started. However, I will be participating all of Sunday. You can follow my progress on Twitter or wait for my report here next week. Please stop by, say hi and join me for a little reading of your own. If you’ve already signed up, I’d love you to leave me a comment about what you’ll be reading.

 

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