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While reading yet more of [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's Polychrome Heroicsstuff I glanced at my default icon and had the thought of what she might be like in T-America.

The antennae suggest insect related abilities. And since I'd just been discussing UV vision, we can throw that in. Likely polarized light detection too. But let's keep the eyes fairly normal looking.

The vision will be from birth. Have the antennae grow in later.

So the first sign that something is different will be when she starts to talk and and argues with her parents about colors. Like talking about the spots one white flowers (some have UV reflective spots on them to attract bees, for example)

I'm assuming some clueful parents, so she'll eventually get some specialized eye exams that'll figure out at least part of it.

One silly thought I had is at a later follow up, they happen to have a couple of *labeled* cards for UV ranges. Say, UVA and UVB. Which with her minimal reading skills she reads as "uv-uh" and "uvb". So she starts using those for color names.

She can probably see several colors in each range, but given the way many cultures with fewer/different color words work (for example, they consider everything from blue to green one color and all the reds, oranges and violets another) she may well lump them all into just the two categories.

Not sure when the antennae will start to grow in, and what they'll be good for. Probably scent and some other things.

Oh yeah, she's gonna go with "Buglet" because that's what her dad called her. "How's my little buglet today?"

Lots of stuff to fill in and thinking to do about stuff like her in kindergarten and the early grades.
kengr: (Male to female)
Oregon is going to be the first US state to have a third gender available on state ID.

Several countries have this, usually as an "O". Oregon, for whatever reason is going with X.

Anyway, It'll be available starting in July.

When my license comes up for renewal in a few years I may get it changed from M to X.

Silly idea

May. 4th, 2017 07:01 pm
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A super/mutant/metahuman or whatever the particular universe calls those people.

He got the superspeed package. Just one *teeny*, tiny problem...

He still got the exercise-induced asthma he's had since he was a kid.
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Tuesday the high didn't reach 60F. We hadn't yet hit 70F this year. Wednesday, the high was 83. and it looks to be the same today.

Yes, the first day of 2017 to have high of 70 or higher shot right past it to 83.

At least Friday and the next few days after that will be back to more reasonable temps.

I am surviving with with the help of several fans. And since I *have* the money now, I'm gonna be looking into air conditioners!

Bleah.
kengr: (I'm one of them)
(this is an edited version of a comment I made on one of Fayanora's posts a few years back. Figured it deserved wider distribution:

"There’s a form of mental torture called “gaslighting,” its name taken from a play in which a man..." http://t.co/bMtUp2LccQ

Abuse survivors deal with this a lot, and even more so when they are still being abused.

It's due to a major disconnect most folks have.

They (wrongly) believe that *intent* matters. So if it wasn't intended as abuse, it's not actually abusive.

But in reality, intent *doesn't* matter. You can do something with the best of intentions and still hurt someone if they are wired that way.

A good example is allergies. I don't care *how* much care and love you put into that dish of X. If I'm allergic to something in it, you'll put me in the hospital (or the morgue) by making me eat it.

Same thing applies to abusive behavior. Even the racial stuff and GLBT stuff.

But people will fight bitterly to avoid acknowledging this. Because if they do, it means they have to accept several things that they don't want to.

That good intentions don't matter. That other people are not like them, and thus don't react like they do. And worst of all, that being different that way is *not* wrong.

And that last is why so many reactions to getting called on stuff boil down to "you're doing this just to be contrary" (because they *literally* can't conceive of someone actually being/thinking "that" way)

I blame the golden rule for a lot of this. It *inherently assumes* that other people are just like you. The allergy example I used above points out the problems with that.

And gee, ever notice how many people don't *really* believe that allergies exist, they think that they are just people being unreasonably "picky".

Funny how that looks like the folks who claim that they aren't being insensitive/abusive.

The version of the "golden rule" used in metalaw works better but people really hate it:

Do unto others as they would have you do unto them.

People immediately jump to "but they can abuse that for all sorts of things". Which says a lot about how they think...
kengr: (Brain)
If you are being *really* traditional (ie going by the position of the sun) Beltane won't be until 07:28 GMT on May 5th.

:-)
kengr: (idiot-free)
On Criminal Minds tonight they they had someone poisoning people with an "irradiated poison".

I was willing to accept that, though it was kinda silly. and it apparently *swiftly* (like within a couple of minutes) induced symptoms of a heart attack. Then, besides radiation poisoning it was cause multiple organ failures. The radiation was short half-life so it was "harmless" with in a day or two.

Turns out the perp had been stealing the stuff for six years or so from various hospitals radio-medicine units.

Which just plain *doesn't work*.

If it has that short a half-life it'd not be capable of causing radiation poisoning within *days* after it was stolen.

Also, nothing these used for radio-medicine is *remotely* that toxic. Nor would it do the "induce a heart attack" bit.

Also, they evacuated a neighborhood because the perp had dumped some down a sink. Yet at the same time, the perp who *worked* with this stuff and thus knew how to safely handle it, carried a container around in her *pocket*

Basically, if it can be safely carried in a pocket, even for a short time, it winding up in the sewer isn't a big deal.

So, essentially, the writers did *no* research.

slug fest?

Apr. 26th, 2017 09:28 am
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Came across a link to an interesting article while re-reading some old posts in other folks LJs (I'm cleaning up the old comment notifications, and read the original posts to get context)

Seems banana slugs are edible.

http://rickshawunschooling.blogspot.com/2007/10/wild-food-killing-our-own-meat.html

Another comment after the one with the link notes that you should keep them for several days and feed them on "safe" stuff to make sure they are purged of any toxins from eating things they can eat but humans can't.

even with that caution, it is tempting to go out to Forest Park to harvest some.. :-)

Oh yeah, several sorts of garden snails are edible as well. Though you have to isolate them for even longer because they may have picked up pestocides from other peoples gardens.
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while wading thru some old stuff in my LJ inbox (to clean it up) I ran across an old post where I stated that my Kevin Bacon number was 4. This was based on the Oracle of Bacon

That number was based on a local "celebrity known as Darklady. She had a 3, so, since I've known her for years, that gave me a 4.

Well, I decided to try a different approach. I've met Larry Niven several times, at cons and at book signings...
He's got a Bacon number of 2. So I've got a three.

If you *really* want to stretch things, Ricardo Montalban was a customer at a restaurant I was working at in 1974. He's got a bacon number of 1, so that'd give me a 2.

Moldy Oldy

Apr. 22nd, 2017 03:14 pm
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Someone mentioned Benson in a post I was reading somewhere the other day. So I went digging.

At first I thought that show was a spinoff from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, but digging further got the right show, Soap.

So I added that to the rotation of what Fay and I watch when we've run out of current episodes of things.

It worked great too. Benson was being Benson within the first five minutes of the first episode. As I expected, Fay loved it.

We wound up watching a second episode, and I'd forgotten that Jodi Dallas (Billy Crystal's character) was not only gay, but trans (at least a crossdresser if not TS). Heck, they even refferred to him as a TS.

Considering that it was a 40 year old comedy program, they actually handled it well.
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Friday's Brester Rockit comic ( http://www.gocomics.com/brewsterrockit/2017/04/14 ) got me thinking.

How many moons can *you* name?
I got 13.
Read more... )
And how many asteroids?
I only got 4.
Read more... )

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kengr: (Default)
Friday's Brewster Rockit comic ( http://www.gocomics.com/brewsterrockit/2017/04/14 ) got me thinking.

How many moons can *you* name?
I got 13.
Read more... )
And how many asteroids?
I only got 4.
Read more... )
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#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday

Moving day

Apr. 16th, 2017 03:53 am
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Ok, I seem to have things working on Dreamwidth. My entries from LJ (and the comments) are in the queue, so in a couple days, they should be moved.

Meanwhile, I've got thing set to crosspost new entries to LJ and InsaneJournal. I'm kengr on all three.

If anybody on Dreamwidth is seeing this on LJ, and we are "friends on LJ, feel free to friend me on DW. Or tojust subscribe to me.

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Moving day

Apr. 16th, 2017 03:53 am
kengr: (Default)
Ok, I seem to have things working on Dreamwidth. My entries from LJ (and the comments) are in the queue, so in a couple days, they should be moved.

Meanwhile, I've got thing set to crosspost new entries to LJ and InsaneJournal. I'm kengr on all three.

If anybody on Dreamwidth is seeing this on LJ, and we are "friends on LJ, feel free to friend me on DW. Or tojust subscribe to me.
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trying to crosspost from Dreamwidth
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Let's see if this works

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