getting back into things here

Apr. 25th, 2019 11:07 am
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I signed a "Social Media Manifesto" at Minicon 54 wherein I promised to basically become a regular on Dreamwidth again. Because so many of us miss the community we had on Livejournal.

So! I shall try to post and read regularly from here on out. I may be a bit slow to get going post-Minicon as I'm still catching up on sleep and on all sorts of things. There may be a big of post-con depression in the mix too.

I had a great Minicon, but it flew by all too fast (every year it seems to fly by faster). Was great to chat with the people I got to chat with and to hear some good music and go to some excellent programming items and so on. Perhaps I'll even post a con report before the week is out.

I am going to keep posting, promise!

Apr. 25th, 2019 07:09 am
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But eight days from now is the Synod Assembly, the biggest event in my workplace of the year, and we're all going nuts at the office getting ready--especially since our event-planning coordinator JUST went out on maternity leave. Her baby decided to come early. Eek.

I've also been running errands until past 9 pm the last two days.

I plan to do a post tonight about the Open House I'm planning. I've installed a Little Free Library in memory of Rob, and the kick-off launch is May 11.

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Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:37 pm
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It seems impossible that there is even one account from LiveJournal that is reading here. I imported a lot of LJ users to our flist here back at the beginning. I have removed those accounts now. If this effected you, please let me know.

K.

KHOI FM Tonight!

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:07 pm
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Thank you to everyone at KHOI for making our evening so wonderful! Thank you to everyone who showed up to join us in our little worlds this evening! Thank you for the questions and the kind words! Thank you to everyone who was listening at home! This was a very special one for us this evening!

Here is what we played!

Seaside Evening Market
Gatekeeper
Tea & Fireflies
Persephone
Disenchanted
Sleep No More
Shadow Moon
Widows Garden
Spinning Skies & Mirrors
Nachthexen
Snow White Red Road

Link up

Apr. 22nd, 2019 09:43 pm
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I can alert you to who is behind these accounts if you email and ask me and I already know you and trust you. This post is a service to help people find each other.

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Anybody else want a signal boost?

K.

Mostly about Minicon 54, Purple

Apr. 22nd, 2019 11:31 am
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 Week of April 15 - 22

This was Minicon week, a busy one for me. I worked a few shifts for Bite Squad, and one for Tutor.com, but most of my activities revolved around getting ready for the convention and participating in it.

This includes a visit to Office Max to have some over-sized art scanned in preparation for a panel on the history of Convention T-shirts in general and Minicon T-shirts in particular. I created ten pieces of artwork for Minicon T-shirts between the years of 1981 and 2004, (mostly between 1981-1991; 2004 is an outlier), after 2004 the convention started using work from the Artist Guests of Honor for their T-shirts. 

Two of the pieces I created for conventions were not chosen to be used on the T-shirts, two were used as front & back for the same year. So, my work was used for seven Minicons. (Not including a Volunteer T-shirt design which may have been used for more than one year.) (My preparations included researching the details and finding images that weren't in my portfolios - many thanks to the Mnstf Archivist, Matt Strait, who has amassed much knowledge here: http://mnstf.org/minicon/

In advance of the con, I also filled out my Art Show/Print Shop paperwork. I've been feeling generally overwhelmed lately, so I only brought half a dozen pieces of art to the show, and some coloring books to put in the print shop. I was pleasantly surprised when a couple pieces and one coloring book sold. 

I've been feeling *so* overwhelmed and anxious lately that I spent a whole evening in meditation and found myself considering doing a Patreon page. I have an account because I contribute to a few writers. 

After my meditation, I found myself feeling more optimistic than usual. Maybe a Patreon account wouldn't make much difference, but it might make some difference, so I started thinking about what I could offer patrons and recalled a lot of things like art prints and bookmarks and coloring pages, and started feeling inspired at the thought of doing chapbooks. I could do a short story or two as a chapbook. I could do one compiling my original filk lyrics. I could do one compiling all my t-shirt art, etc. 

I posted on Facebook about the possibilities and got little response, so was feeling less optimistic after that. 

I missed the pre-convention work party and move-in activity, but got to the hotel early on Friday to put things in the art show, bringing along my mandolin & gear in preparation, since I'd promised to help get the early shift of Open Music started. 

The T-Shirt panel followed soon after the Opening Ceremonies and was a lot of fun, though my part consisted mainly of pointing out the examples of my own work when they came up in the slide show. D'Db knew a lot about the general use of T-shirts in fannish history, and Matt had a slide show to display images of shirts used by Minicon over the years. Peg Kerr had brought along quilts made from her late husband Rob's collection of T-shirts. I was delighted to find one of the panels made from a piece of my artwork that I hadn't been able to find among my portfolios. 

Saturday started out with my participating in two panel discussions in a row, followed by the concert performance of the Last Saturday Filkers. 

The first panel discussion was about how we categorize books as 'Young Adult' vs 'Middle Grade.' Other panelists included Laura K, a librarian, who talked about how the libraries do it. This is different from how the book stores do it, and there are so many different approaches and considerations that I came out of the panel more confused than ever. Laura and DavidL had examples of lots of books for young readers and with young protagonists who deal with dark and difficult subject matter. The ages of the protagonists and the nature of the story issues are factors in how the books are labeled, but we came up with no definitive formula.

In the Green Room earlier, Naomi Kritzer mentioned having a middle grade book of hers rejected because the protagonist was 'too independent.' I relayed that to the panel. My own Middle School characters are pretty independent too: taking the bus, biking all over town on their own. Standards are different now than when I was growing up as a free-range kid in Bloomington, MN, wandering around the woods by myself. 

The second panel was about Art and Mental Health. Adam Stemple moderated and talked about his experience as a writer and musician dealing with depression. Peg Kerr talked about her experience using collage-art card making as a tool dealing with writer's block. I drew on my experience working with the Mental Health Association's 26th Street Project, teaching art to adults with emotional disabilities. My own conclusion: the arts help us by providing ways to bring our lived/sensory experience of the world into the same frame of reference as our cognitive perspectives. 

The concert went reasonably well - I fumbled a few times, but the rest of the filkers filled in all the gaps, and John Sanderson on guitar made up for a host of my short comings on mandolin. Thanks to Thorin we had printed programs with lyrics to the choruses so that anyone who wished could sing along. Beth Kinderman's handling of the sound system made it all sound good for the audience. Yay! And we got to share a good sampling of our favorite songs to an audience who appreciated them.

Sunday, I was back and forth from the convention. I checked my work out from the Art Show, I had the Easter Brunch, I attended Closing ceremonies, but I also went home for a nap in between (Sat & Sun both included naps, not only for my sake, but to reassure Rajesh that he was not abandoned). I worked the dinner shift with Bite Squad, and came back to the con afterward for a last game with the gamers before going home to stay.


Minicon Easter Tarot reading

Apr. 21st, 2019 08:16 pm
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On Easter, the last day of Minicon, I have done a tarot reading for years, using the Celtic Cross spread. I record notes about the reading in a little notebook I keep with my decks. As I was paging through, ready to begin, I saw a note I'd put there several years ago:

The study of tarot is the study of questions whose answers we fear.


I thought about as I pulled out my deck. I've used my Harry Potter deck for a lot of readings, but I decided for this one to go back to my Jane Austen deck, because the question I had been mulling over was about relationships, specifically, about how to handle a new relationship as well and ethically as possible, and that seemed rather appropriate. Jane does seem to focus a lot in her fiction about how to live an exemplary life.

As I pulled out my materials, I discovered that was just as well. I had grabbed my tarot materials in a hurry when I'd packed for the convention, and I'd managed to leave the companion book to the Harry Potter deck behind. I'd left the companion book to the Jane Austen deck behind, too. Oops. But at least I had the little pocket guide to that deck.

I always try to ask open-ended questions when doing these readings--not asking for a forecast of the future--but framing it along the lines of 'What do I need to know (or think about) X.'

For this year, I asked, "What do I need to know about this new stage of my life, the interstices between widowhood and a potential new partnership?" Keeping in mind the quotation I read in my notebook, I wanted to particularly pay attention to the shadow side, what I feared and how that might get me stuck.

Here's how the reading went )

Social Media Manifesto

Apr. 21st, 2019 10:01 pm
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Peg saved it!

Social Media Manifesto


Whereas: Fandom is at its best when it provides communities a place to gather;

Whereas: Fans have perfected the art of the personal essay;

Whereas: Livejournal was an exceptional gathering place for Fandom;

Whereas: Russia, a hostile foreign power, controls Livejournal;

Whereas: Hostile entities have disproportionate representation on Facebook and Twitter, with serious impacts on their pleasantness and utility; moreover, bots and trolls infest these platforms;

Whereas: The curated feed allows these companies to determine what we see and in what order;

Whereas: Dreamwidth is the logical successor to Livejournal, and uses the same code;

Whereas: Dreamwidth does not have a surveillance-based corporate profit-driven business model;

THEREFORE, we, the undersigned call upon Fandom to recreate their online community and to do it on Dreamwidth.

Signed,

Lots of people, including you?

Friends

Apr. 21st, 2019 09:22 pm
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Should you have access to this journal? Please speak up about it.

K.

Social Media Manifesto at Minicon 54

Apr. 20th, 2019 09:54 pm
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[personal profile] minnehaha K. and have been talking here at Minicon 54. The result of our conversation over the past weekend is the following:

Social Media Manifesto


Whereas: Fandom is at its best when it provides communities a place to gather;

Whereas: Fans have perfected the art of the personal essay;

Whereas: Livejournal was an exceptional gathering place for Fandom;

Whereas: Russia, a hostile foreign power, controls Livejournal;

Whereas: Hostile entities have disproportionate representation on Facebook and Twitter, with serious impacts on their pleasantness and utility; moreover, bots and trolls infest these platforms;

Whereas: The curated feed allows these companies to determine what we see and in what order;

Whereas: Dreamwidth is the logical successor to Livejournal, and uses the same code;

Whereas: Dreamwidth does not have a surveillance-based corporate profit-driven business model;

THEREFORE, we, the undersigned call upon Fandom to recreate their online community and to do it on Dreamwidth.

Signed,

[personal profile] minnehaha K.
[personal profile] pegkerr
[personal profile] jbru
[personal profile] minnehaha B.
[personal profile] cakmpls
[personal profile] laurel
[personal profile] carbonel
[personal profile] kevingaustin

(And I have to find the other user names: Martin Schafer, Bill Higgins).

Manifesto

Apr. 20th, 2019 08:50 pm
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I was there to hear the manifesto.

Forest

Apr. 12th, 2019 02:54 pm
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Africa IR_12



Like how infrared shows the structure of the forest in addition to the leaves.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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I think I'll try this again, although I might try to make half as much - it made a LOT!

Pad Thai Hamburger Hotdish

1 cup quinoa (prepared) (I used the liquid from the cans of mushrooms as part of the water.)

3 lbs 85% lean ground beef
1 large onion, diced
3 small/medium carrots (~6" long?), shredded
4 large cloves of garlic, minced
2 cans mushrooms
1 can garbanzo beans
1 cup craisins
8 oz. bean sprouts
2-4 oz. Cabernet Savignon
1 bottle Thai Kitchen Pad Thai Sauce (next time I think I'll buy three and use at least two)

In a skillet, brown the hamburger. Transfer to a large pot with the quinoa.

Using the leftover fat from the hamburger, brown the onion, carrots & garlic. When the onions are starting to turn translucent, add the mushrooms, garbanzo beans, and craisins. Let cook until hot. Add the bean sprouts, break them up a little, and cook until warmed. Transfer to the large pot.

Use the wine to deglaze the skillet. Transfer to the large pot.

Put the large pot over medium heat, add the Pad Thai Sauce. Stir well, heat until warm throughout - it shouldn't take long.