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([personal profile] istia Jun. 22nd, 2017 07:28 pm)
Was actually yesterday, the solstice, when PM Justin Trudeau gave it an official name change from National Aboriginal Day, which it's been since 1996. The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations approved this change.

The Indigenous Peoples comprises First Nations, Metis, & Inuit people.

National Indigneous Peoples Day kicks off the run-up to Canada Day on July 1st w/ national days celebrating Canadian culture. Coming up on June 27th is Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

Damn for missing the day itself, but how better for a non-Indigenous fannish type to celebrate than w/ a picspam of some of our many Canadian Indigenous actors? Some have been nominated for Oscars. Some are also--or even better--known as musicians, artists, & writers. Some are all those things. All are wonderfully talented people whose work in many fields over many years has given me much joy!

Pictures! )

A couple of weeks ago, Trudeau also announced that the former US Embassy opposite Parliament Hill in Ottawa, which the government acquired in 1997 but has left empty ever since, will be a space dedicated to the Indigeneous Peoples. Consultations ahead w/ them to decide what they'd like to do w/ this large, central building.

I'd love to see what ends up being done w/ it.

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([personal profile] sasha_feather posting in [community profile] access_fandom Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:15 pm)
When Fan Conventions Exclude Deaf people, they fail everyone
by Alex Lu, at the Establishment

https://theestablishment.co/when-fan-conventions-exclude-deaf-people-they-fail-everyone-a138b0182b04

Creation Entertainment’s refusal to provide access comes at a time when the inclusion of people with disabilities at fan conventions is increasingly recognized as an issue.

How Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon Manage That 'Big Sick' Illness in Real Life
by Ashley Lee, at the Hollywood Reporter

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/big-sick-emilys-illness-is-real-based-a-distressing-true-story-1015698

It’s not ideal to fall in love with someone who’s in a coma, but that’s what happens to Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick — and in real life. The Silicon Valley actor co-wrote the romantic dramedy with wife Emily V. Gordon, based on their actual courtship (Zoe Kazan portrays her onscreen, and Holly Hunter and Ray Romano play her parents).

The titular sickness remains unnamed throughout most of the movie, as it was to Gordon for much of her life.
 Originally, we'd planned to spend three days here in South Dakota, using Rapid City as our "home base." We decided today to cut it short. Our family is just plain tired of the road.  There's a ton to see here, but today proved that we're pretty close to saturated with "scenery."  Tomorrow will be our last full day here, then we will do the huge drive home.

This morning we let ourselves sleep in. With the time zone difference (we're in Mountain Time)  that really only meant until about 7:30 or so. Then, after fueling up on the hotel breakfast, we headed down 79 for Hot Springs and the Mammoth Site.  79 is not the most scenic, but Shawn snapped a picture.  You can't tell from this picture, but it really looked like it was going to rain on us.  A huge dark cloud loomed in the west.  

South Dakota hills

However, when we got to the Mammoth Site, we had a great time.  The site itself is interesting because it's a working paleontology dig.  When we were there, in fact, we saw people excavating.  At first, we thought it was going to be a bust because we had to buy a ticket for a tour that didn't start right away and they told us to "enjoy the gift shop." By the time the tour started, Mason was muttering about capitalism.  But, we had an amazing tour guide. He could not have been more than 12? Maybe 13?  He looked younger than Mason, but he did a phenomenal job. He was incredibly knowledgable.  

Plus, we got to see mammoth bones!

mammoth skull with tusks

I learned that there are actually mammoths other than woolly mammoths.  Apparently, the majority of those found at this site are of a kind known as Columbian mammoths.  Also, we aren't supposed to call these fossils because they have not turned to stone.  They're actually just dried bone.

There were also a ton of other animals that were discovered in this sinkhole, including another extinct mega-fauna, the short-faced bear.

short-faced bear skeleton

I have to admit that since Mason was very much focused on the Cambrian Period, I never learned that much about the age of mammals. I didn't know that llama used to roam here, as well as some kind of now extinct camel, something called a camelop. That's pretty cool stuff. 

We left the museum pretty enthused for the rest of our day.  I have to say, too, though we didn't get any pictures of it, Hot Springs seemed like a  neat town. I sort of regret not exploring it a bit more. There was a Pioneer Museum that we could have checked out, and a very cute downtown made mostly out of red sandstone.

Instead we drove up 385 toward Wind Cave National Park.  We didn't have any intention of actually going into Wind Cave.  What I wanted from the park was prairie dogs!  I love prairie dogs.  If I had a fursona, I think it would be a prairie dog. I mean, look at them. They fat, sort of cute, a bit territorial, social, and enthusiastic.

prairie dog town!

I literally could have spent the rest of the day watching the prairie dogs popping around, zipping from hole to hole, and chirping at things that annoy them.

SO ADORABLE.

As we were cruising through the park at low-speed and my family was getting really tired of me happily chirping, "Oh! More prairie dogs! Let's stop!!" we spotted a group of pronghorns on the side of the road.  Perhaps you already know this, but I was able to wow my family by telling the that the "antelope" of the song, "Home on the Range" with the line "where the deer and the antelope play" is actually referring to the pronghorn.

pronghorns, America's antelope

I really did not expect to see pronghorns in the wild on this trip.  Just as I did not expect bears.  We also saw what we figure was a marmot sitting on a fence post in Wyoming. 

From this park, we'd hoped to cross over into Pringle and head up towards Custer, but... we were caught in a time loop and could not escape the buffalo.  Seriously, we must have circled the interpretive center three times trying to find our way out.  However, we did see this lovely buffalo a lot:

buffalo in wind cave national park

Thanks to the compass that is built into our car and a very helpful park ranger in the interpretative center we managed to escape the gravity well of Wind Cave.

Custer, of course, is a tourist trap of a town.  We got out there, though, because we were all getting really kind of hangry and I needed to pee. Shawn was really, really, REALLY done with crowds, though, so finding a place to eat that wasn't wall-to-wall tourists was hard.  We managed to find a sit-down place that had decent food and we were all in a much better mood after chatting with our server, Joseph, who was from Tennessee originally and sort of found himself stuck in Custer, having been brought here as an army brat.

Besides getting food into our stomachs, the smartest thing we did was peel off 385 and head down Sheridan Lake Road toward Rapid City. Hardly anyone was on that road and it was GORGEOUS.

black hills with rocks and trees

Having seen pronghorn, however, we started to really hope for elk.  At one point, our entire family spontaneously attempted an elk call, which was sort of a terrifying bellowing groan in our estimation.  :-)

Sheridan Lake Road

As we were driving along here, we spotted a pullout and decided that what this burnt out family really needed was an hour in the woods just sitting and reading and exploring.  There was a small pat that led us to a stream that had a ton of small fish and crawdads.  

Mason dipping his toes in the stream

my big fat butt in the river

I managed to drop my phone in the water.  Ironically, I'd been very careful and taken it out of my pocket and set it in my shoes, but when I sat down to put my shoes back on... bam! It tumbled into the water.

Classic.

However, I managed to turn it off right away and it's apart, drying right now. I have faith it will recover. Otherwise, Tracfones are cheap. This is why no one buys me a smartphone. :-)

Tomorrow, we're going to hop up early to see Mount Rushmore before the crowds and then do the wildlife circle in Custer State Park.  Then, finally, we shall head for the home fires!
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([personal profile] ironymaiden Jun. 22nd, 2017 06:57 pm)
I've missed a few D&D sessions due to the film festival.

there was a point last week (I think it was when I chained the slaver to the human sacrifice tree with the manacles he had used to chain slaves, and left him there) where C said "[personal profile] ironymaiden is back!"

I like to say that I know the love of a taciturn man, but what if we're really Dianda and Patrick Lorden*?



*there are no good links. She's a murder mermaid, he's her conscience. I may have to build out their stub on the fandom wiki.
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:27 pm)
I posted two batches of garden photos from Monday, one of flowers and one of birds
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([personal profile] flemmings Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:25 pm)
Just as LJ occasionally logs one out for no reason, so it arbitrarily ticks the "View all journals and communities in my own style" box under Display. Have unticked. Shall see what difference this makes on my phone; must say that my own style loads a lot faster than the RSS feeds that FB- arbitrarily again- converts selected LJs to. For no reason: they aren't feeds at all.
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Posted by David Emery

More commonly known as the lone star tick, this unnerving arachnid can transmit an illness with symptoms similar to Lyme disease, as well as a substance that can cause an allergy to red meat.
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([personal profile] hazelchaz Jun. 22nd, 2017 04:57 pm)
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Quick country quilting;
Quick rotary cutter quilts;
Rotary magic;
101 Nine patch quilts;
Contemporary classics in plaids & stripes;
Colourwash quilts: A personal approach to design and technique;
Tips for quilters plus 63 of your favorite quilt patterns;
Quilt San Diego Visions: quilt expressions;
The quilter's kitchen;
The magical effects of color;
Every embellishments & fun quilts to stitch and embellish;
Liveliy little logs: Making log cabin miniatures;
Flannel quilts;
More quick rotary cutter quilts;
A new slant on Bargello quilts;
The ultimate scrap quilt;
Raw-edge appliqué;
When quilt designers think small;
Daddy's ties;
The patchwork quilt design & coloring book;
Patchwork & quilting;
Keepsake quilting;
Quilting beyond the norm;
Kansas Connections;
Ever more well connected;
Patchwork quiltss: traditional or modern--over 25 full-size patterns rated for the beginner or expert;
Twist 'n turn;
Patchwork for all seasons;
Round two;
Borders by design;
Traditional quilting;
Best quilt tips;
Sashing & borders for quilts;
A year of rad quilts;
Pine Trees quilt projects;
Use it, wear it out, make it do, or do without!;
American Patchwork & Quilting: Scrappy quilts from your stash, etc.;
Fonts & Porter's Love of Quilting, 10 issues;
Connecting Threads, Winter 2007.

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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Jun. 22nd, 2017 06:10 pm)
Today is cloudy, cool, and breezy.  Earlier I took pictures.

I planted two lemon thyme plants in the Goddess Garden, and watered potted plants. 
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([personal profile] guppiecat Jun. 22nd, 2017 11:01 pm)

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“And far away, as Frodo put on the Ring and claimed it for his own, even in Sammath Naur the very heart of his realm, the Power in Barad-dûr was shaken, and the Tower trembled from its foundations to its proud and bitter crown. The Dark Lord was suddenly aware of him, and his Eye piercing all shadows looked across the plain to the door that he had made; and the magnitude of his own folly was revealed to him in a blinding flash, and all the devices of his enemies were at last laid bare. Then his wrath blazed in consuming flame, but his fear rose like a vast black smoke to choke him. For he knew his deadly peril and the thread upon which his doom now hung.”




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] kaffyr Jun. 22nd, 2017 05:28 pm)
So. This Happened.Surprise! )

Posted by CJ

It’s been so cold that fishy brains have been on hiatus. They get instinctive and spooky when their system is on the edge of winter sleep, and our weather has been that cold. The brain is a very energy-hungry part of the body, and it goes on holiday when the fishes are hunkered down by the bottom pump to stay warm. The instinct says go deep, keep in the dark, and run if you see movement. And that’s all that’s processing.

Also, these are babies which have had nothing in their lives but ‘run when the school runs’ and ‘stay together.’

We got Goku and Sanzo to shepherd them but they’ve been so cold they’ve hunkered down too.

Now we’re getting warmth, and the fishes are beginning to swim quietly, with purpose, the mouths are working, skimming the bottom, and they’re beginning to take in the idea that food happens when we’re close, so we’re not a bad thing. They’ve been coming into the sunlight, seeking warmth. We have several 4′ diameter patches of water lilies, white, sunset, pink, and yellow, and they hide there, but come out to see if food is available. They’re also hiding in the bridge shadow, but coming out into the sun warmth.

So nice to see.

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A regulation from the Obama administration that would have allowed foreign-born entrepreneurs who raise investor cash to build their startups in the US won't be allowed to go into effect.

The Department of Homeland Security will file an official notice to delay the International Entrepreneur Rule for eight months. The intention is to eliminate the rule entirely, according to sources briefed on the matter who spoke to The Wall Street Journal.

The decision isn't final, and a DHS spokesperson told the WSJ that the department "cannot speculate" on the outcome of the review.

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([personal profile] edenfalling Jun. 22nd, 2017 06:21 pm)
The taxi was ten minutes late, but Ithaca airport security is pretty efficient so I got to the plane on time. All my connections went smoothly, and though takeoff from the Twin Cities was a little delayed by weather, that flight actually landed at Bemidji a few minutes early. Victory!

I am on the island, in the cabin, and will probably make a longer post tomorrow after I have pulled myself back together a bit more. :)
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([personal profile] kaffyr Jun. 22nd, 2017 03:49 pm)
For A Start

[personal profile] lydy  is brilliant. She is a bit of a force of nature, one I would like to see more of, learn more about, and in general have more a part of my world. I still treasure a night many, many years ago, in the "secret" consuite at Minicon, when I had the benefit of her humor and intellect. 

I think I agree with her on things cultural, political, emotional and intellectual at least 80 percent of the time. The other 20 percent of the time? I suspect that we'd probably have some interesting discussions. 

She has written an essay that I believe is well worth reading and thinking about, concerning how women, the world, and "the rules" - for every single value and power of "the rules" that might exist in this universe - intersect. It is her answer, or at least an excellent precis of her answer (because her real answer is the way she approaches the world every day), to the question many men ask (in which the asking is too often more complaint about having their privilege questioned than actual question) of women: "How can I interact with you women without being a douche, if you won't tell me the rules?"

I think I agree about 95 percent with this one. And even if I didn't agree with it nearly that much, it's still an excellent starting place for conversations, or indeed for an internal dialogue, if one were inclined to think about it. Because, as I said, 
[personal profile] lydy  is brilliant, and brilliance nearly always is an excellent light by which to make one's way in this world. And, as she said to me when I asked if I could link, she wants to start conversations.
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