The Silent March

Jul. 28th, 2017 10:39 am
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Google Doodle: 100th anniversary of the Silent Parade


100 years ago today, nearly 10,000 African Americans walked in complete silence down New York City's Fifth Avenue. The protest, depicted in today's Google Doodle on the search engine's homepage, was organized by the NAACP in an effort to speak out against lynching and racial violence in the years after slavery was abolished. It was also a call to action aimed at President Woodrow Wilson to take legislative action to protect African Americans from anti-black violence.

Known as the Silent Parade of 1917, the march began at 59th Street and ended at 23rd Street — with children at the front, women wearing white in the middle, and men in the back.

According to the National Humanities Center, a flyer that was handed out before the march cited lynchings in Memphis and Waco, Texas, as well as the East St. Louis race riot of 1917. Banners in the Silent Parade had powerful words of protest, such as, "We helped to plant the flag in every American dominion," "We are maligned as lazy, and murdered when we work," and "Thou shalt not kill."

In a flyer distributed by the NCAAP ahead of the Silent Parade, Reverend Chas. D. Martin detailed the need for action:

"We march because we want our children to live in a better land and enjoy fairer conditions than have fallen to our lot. We march in memory of our butchered dead, the massacre of the honest toilers who were removing the reproach of laziness and thriftlessness hurled at the entire race. They died to prove our worthiness to live. We live in spite of death shadowing sand ours. We prosper in the face of the most unwarranted and illegal oppression."

The Silent Parade initiated what has been almost a century of civil rights movements: 46 years later, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; and 96 years after the protest, the Black Lives Matter movement was formed.

To learn more about the Parade and the events that led up to it, check out Google's interactive collaboration with the Equal Justice initiative.
 


 

Life-art-life

Jul. 28th, 2017 07:07 am
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last night, I went to see part 2 of Angels in America, where the "have you no decency" quote from the McCarthy hearings plays a prominent role, and this morning before I'd looked at any news, Chad said to me, "so, McCain, huh?"

honestly it seems a little on-point, I'm afraid to trust it.

Streaky Rainbow in Zion National Park

Jul. 28th, 2017 03:01 am
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Streaky_Rainbow_P5120136

 

Photographer: John Adam

Summary Author: John Adam 

 

The photo above shows a colorful but streaky band of light at a rock outcrop taken along the Emerald Pools Trail, Zion National Park, Utah. It was a beautiful sunny day, with no rain, but isolated showers of water (from an earlier rainfall) were seeping through and over the rock edges. By positioning myself just right, I was able to capture the rainbow (after all, it was caused by falling drops of water) with a fairly slow shutter speed to reveal the history of each drop as it generated the spectrum of colors. This was a primary bow -- note the red color at the top of the bow. In a primary bow the light is refracted twice at the surface of each drop and reflected once from the back surface. My position and the rock configuration were such that I couldn't see any hint of a secondary bow (formed by an additional reflection inside the drops). But this unexpected bow made for a refreshing break on the way up the canyon. Photo taken on May 12, 2017.

 

Photo Details: Olympic SP 100EE camera; 17 mm; f/13; 1/60 sec. exposure, ISO 500. 

A Sagittarius Triplet

Jul. 28th, 2017 04:07 am
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These three bright nebulae are often featured on telescopic tours of the These three bright nebulae are often featured on telescopic tours of the


Friday's comic!

Jul. 28th, 2017 12:00 am
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Via Sneaky Gate: www.girlgeniusonline.com/ggmain/strips/ggmain20170728.jpg

Official: http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20170728 (ON HOLD)

A friendly warning ...

(I've forgotten: Did we ever learn what Larana and Aldin were searching for, and found, in the catacombs?)

five(ish) good things

Jul. 27th, 2017 06:13 pm
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I recycled some papers I needed to get rid of.

I will see some people I like tonight... and... I saw two(ish) new friends yesterday.

I got new books yesterday.

The sun shining.

Water.

hatred

Jul. 27th, 2017 06:07 pm
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Re U.S. politics:

Read more... )

More Nature Sounds

Jul. 27th, 2017 05:49 pm
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House sparrows twittering away; water sounds in background. (audio with still picture in video format) Rather loud. 13 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgtSvpLiLDM

Two videos for this topic… Basket of mewing kittens in yard: (audio with low-quality video and voiceover description). Content Warning: In the first video, the person gets a good deep scratch for moving them out of the basket. The kitties are not thrilled to be transported outside. 5 minutes per video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvXHbJzWMqI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F8oSjriDp0

Happy bunny hopping and honking. (video and audio). Bunny hops on person’s bed and snuffles happily at person. Less than 1 minute.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d8JViSZ9vY

Goldfinch song. (audio in video format, with still picture) One nearby and several background goldfinches. Less than 1 minute.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QqAhz2-vcc

Stellar jay calls. (video complication with title cards, brief muzak) Okay, technically it’s Steller’s jay, but the former is a better description.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0S3NhhV1js

Allen’s hummingbird. (audio in video format, with still picture) Background indistinct human voices and machinery.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Era1OjcAtxg

Coyote yips and howls. (video and audio) Background bird and animal noises and faint mechanical humming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA6RBioito4

Orbit US turns 10

Jul. 27th, 2017 03:56 pm
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Over the last decade, Orbit US, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, has quickly established itself as one of the premiere publishers of science fiction and fantasy, and a reliable source for everything from innovative works of science fiction to blockbuster epic fantasies. To celebrate the milestone, a selection of landmark Orbit titles is currently available on Nook for just $2.99 each, but we wanted to do more than point you toward some great titles, so we asked Orbit’s publisher, Tim Holman, to share a bit of history. Below his comments, you’ll find a timeline of key dates in Orbit’s history.

More here

Like I Said, Not dying

Jul. 27th, 2017 09:10 am
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Well, at least, probably not.  

The doctor confirmed that PVCs are a benign arrhythmia.  I didn't happen to be having any when I saw him.  Blood pressure just fine, heart rate just fine.  12- lead EKG pretty fine.  There's a non-specific abnormality of the T-wave.  These things happen.  He agreed that the tightness in my chest and my shortness of breath were probably respectively muscular and asthma.  On the other hand, he also agreed that 6 to 12 PVCs a minute was a lot, and that maybe we should do some tests.

As expected, they want to do a Holter monitor (only 24 hours), and a stress test.  I am grateful he decided on the Dobutamine stress test, rather than the treadmill one.  He says that it will give a better picture of my heart.  It is also unlikely to give me an asthma attack, unlike the treadmill one.  Both are scheduled for a week from today.   

He also referred me to a tool to help monitor and adjust my drinking.  I know I drink more than I should.  I am also uninterested in becoming a teetotaler.  He said that AA has one model of dealing with problem drinking, but it doesn't really apply to everyone.  We bonded over the issue.  The site he recommends is Drinkaware, which is based in the UK.  They evidently have a nifty app for your phone...which is not available in the US.  WTF?  There's a website, and I'm exploring it now.  I've been bitching for years that I wanted some tools to help me moderate my drinking, but the only things I ever found were total abstinence sites.  So, here's a tool.  I hope it will help.  

Follow-up in two weeks to make sure that I'm really not dying.

All in all, a short, cheerful, useful encounter, with expected outcomes and an actually helpful conversation about one area of my life that I do need to do some work on.  

Oh, and he also doesn't think that Allegra is likely to be causing my PVCs, nor does he think I drink too much coffee.  I suggested, and he concurs, that the reason I'm seeing more PVCs between four and six in the morning is because that's my down time, and I'm just more aware of them.  

So, yay for good stuff.  Yay for being unlikely to drop dead.  
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Doctor to Dragons - CoverI met G. Scott Huggins almost twenty years ago. We were both published in Writers of the Future XV, and we ended up in a writing group together for several years. He was one of the folks who helped me grow and improve as an author. I published one of his stories in Heroes in Training a while back.

In April of this year, his humorous fantasy novelette A Doctor to Dragons [Amazon | B&N] came out.

I love the premise and setup. Dr. James DeGrande is a veterinarian in a land that’s been taken over by a Dark Lord, and the whole thing is written with a kind of tongue-in-cheek humor. The book is made up of several distinct but related stories, showing the growth of James and his partnership with his assistant Harriet (a physically disabled almost-witch).

Here’s part of the publisher’s official description:

Everyone says it was better in the Good Old Days. Before the Dark Lord covered the land in His Second Darkness.

As far as I can tell, it wasn’t that much better. Even then, everyone cheered the heroes who rode unicorns into combat against dragons, but no one ever remembered who treated the unicorns’ phosphine burns afterward. Of course, that was when dragons were something to be killed. Today I have to save one. Know what fewmets are? No? Then make a sacrifice of thanks right now to whatever gods you worship, because today I have to figure a way to get them flowing back out of the Dark Lord’s favorite dragon. Yeah, from the other end. And that’s just my most illustrious client. I’ve got orcs and trolls who might eat me and dark elf barons who might sue me if their bloodhawks and chimeras don’t pull through. And that doesn’t even consider the possibility that the old bag with the basilisk might show up.

The only thing that’s gone right this evening is finding Harriet to be my veterinary assistant. She’s almost a witch, which just might save us both. If we don’t get each other killed first.

I appreciate writers who take traditional fantasy and flip things around to present a different perspective. Just as I enjoy clever protagonists, like James and Harriet. (And while this may come as a shock, I also like fantasy that tries to have fun.)

There’s one bit I need to talk about. About 80% of the way into the book, we meet Countess Elspeth Bathetique, an incredibly neglectful pet owner and generally unpleasant person, and we get this exchange:

“Dammit, my lady, you’re not even a vampire!”

“How… how dare you? I identify as a vampire, you filth! You cannot dream of the tragic destiny which is ours!”

“What? Suffering from vitamin deficiency, malnutrition, keeping out of the sun for no damn reason, and torturing your poor pet basilisk? If I dreamed of that, I’d seek clerical help!”

I don’t believe it was intentional, but seeing language generally used by transgender people played for laughs by a wannabe vampire threw me right out of the story. I emailed and chatted with Scott, who confirmed that wasn’t the intention. The Countess was meant to be a darker take on Terry Pratchett’s Doreen Winkings. But he said he understood how I or others might read it the way I did.

One of my favorite parts of these stories are the veterinary details. Huggins’ wife is a veterinarian, and there’s a sense of real truth to the protagonist’s frustration with neglectful pet owners and the various challenges of keeping all these magical animals healthy. It helps to ground the book and acts as a nice counter to the humor.

I couldn’t find an excerpt online, but there’s a promo video on YouTube.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

if you need a cute

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:48 pm
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Loads of cute animal photos and suchlike shiny things from sweet_sparrow.

http://sweet-sparrow.dreamwidth.org/723470.html

Soothing animal sounds:

(video and audio):
Canadian lynx purring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_0jJiM7nyU
Squirrel eating nuts and rustling around: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iGoDNlKY-g
Loon on water calling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdDLAQO7t0E

(audio in video format):
Crickets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKmRkS1os7k
Cicadas: (turn sound down or it will be loud) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGKH6IYD30k
Loon Call: (with explanation, some still pics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ENNzjy8QjU

I can do some things. And one of them is share soothing adorable animals.

Unusual Lunar Halo

Jul. 27th, 2017 03:01 am
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Photographer: Greg Redfern

Summary Authors: Greg Redfern; Jim Foster

Shown above is an unusual lunar halo formed from poorly aligned pyramidal-shaped ice crystals as observed over the skies of Greene County, Virginia on June 4, 2017. A classic 22-degree halo accompanied the Moon most of the night, but when I took one last look around the sky before turning in, I knew I saw something very unusual, certainly a type of halo I had never seen before. Though ordinary halos have angles between crystal faces (plate-shaped or columnar) of either 60 degrees or 90 degrees, the angles between pyramidal faces show more variation, and thus their halo radii vary from 22 degrees. Note that the Moon is actually a waxing gibbous Moon -- a 2-second exposure makes it look full.

Photo Details: Nikon D810a DSLR camera; 14mm; f/2.8 lens; 2 second exposure; ISO 3200.

The Milky Way over Monument Valley

Jul. 27th, 2017 04:36 am
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You don't have to be at Monument Valley to see the Milky Way arc You don't have to be at Monument Valley to see the Milky Way arc


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