I had no idea who Ed Sheeran was or why there was this giant kerfluffle over him being in Game of Thrones. Now I know who he is and what he looks like and y'know? Those are some adorably round cheeks and cute red hair. He can be eye-candy in Game of Thrones all season long. (No spoilers please, I actually haven't seen season seven yet, I'm just catching up on season six.)
Wow it's been since 29 May when I saw the nutria crossing the road that I last posted. I guess I did dream about posting about KWHSS! I SAW tatterpixie there!!!!! IT WAS AWESOME AND SHE HAD THE BESTEST SCRIBAL SET UP AND NOW I NEED ONE for heraldry, not scribery, because yeah, my art's pretty rough, but I can do straight lines for heraldry.
HOWEVER I did get not too bad at painting pre-prints. And I can probably work on making a scroll out of the Mamman embroidery. I'm not a scribe. I'm a herald (even with a H!) but I can learn some stuff! (It will probably take a light board. My drawing skills are not really all that great, mostly because my brain-hand coordination isn't wonderful. Thanks, brain damage!)
KWHSS was SUPER. I got to see a lot of people that I'd wanted to see (and some that I'd only been able to talk to online). I CREATED A SERVICE AMOEBA. IT OOZES AGAIN IN THE DEBATABLE LANDS. AMUCK!
I also went up to Sneferu and told him that he was right and Bruce was wrong. Which yes, it's a big thing. But we do need a ruling on something from Cormac Wreath. Can pantheons be tertiary charges?
I have become the Heraldic Webminister for Gleann Abhann's CoH. I am looking forward to teaching my Ruby deputy all about transferring letters in OSCAR because that means she'll be super ready! We even have figured out a screen-sharing software for that.
Bloodstone Herald has been suggested for Webminister job. Probably because it's like trying to get blood out of a stone to get stuff turned in for that sort of thing. I think I'm going to make a pendant or something with glitter. Glitter vinyl, not actual pouring glitter.
I am considering making myself bookplates for my gaming hardbacks. Brent bought me a new one - 'Horror Adventures'. He also picked up the last part of 'Strange Aeons'. I have all six of them! YAY! But I need to stick nameplates in mine. I have a sticker maker and a lot of time. :D
MASTER CONALL MADE ME A BEAUTIFUL RENDITION OF MY NAME IN CYRILLIC. I can't wait to turn it into an SCA business card. I told a friend that I was looking forward to being one of those 'one name people', like Cher, Bono, those sort of people. I will be Skaia, Herald.
Reddit is launching the first-ever AMA Olympic Conversation Series!
Starting July 19, Reddit will host weekly AMAs with numerous Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls training to represent the U.S. at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in February.
Scheduled every Wednesday from 1-2 pm EST, the Olympic Conversation Series will run nearly five months (July 19 through December 13), with a lineup of AMA guests that will include an unprecedented range of Olympic and Paralympic athletes in figure skating, snowboarding, ice hockey, bobsled, speedskating, skiing, curling, luge, and every other major winter sport.
The series will kick off with two-time Olympic silver medalist (and six-time World Champion hockey player) Hilary Knight on July 19. As a member of the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team and one of the top female hockey players in the world, Hilary is working to change the landscape for women in sports.
The series will continue with athletes including figure skaters Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold and Adam Rippon; bobsledder Aja Evans; Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy, snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis; luge athlete Chris Mazdzer; freeskiiers Nick Goepper and McRae Williams; as well as surprise AMAs from some of the greatest Olympians of all time.
Check out the current roster below, and stay tuned for updates as we announce new AMAs!
Jul. 19: Hilary Knight (Women’s Hockey) Jul. 26: Aja Evans (Bobsled) Aug. 2: Nick Goepper (Free Skier) Aug. 3: Jamie Greubel Poser (Bobsled) Aug. 9: Ashley Wagner (Figure Skating) Aug. 16: Lindsey Jacobellis (Snowboard) Aug. 23: McRae Williams (Free Skier) Aug. 30: Gracie Gold (Figure Skating) Sep. 6: Maddie Bowman (Free Skier) Sep. 13: Chris Mazdzer (Luge) Sep. 20: Josh Pauls (Sled Hockey) Sep. 27: Laurenne Ross (Alpine Skiing) Oct. 4: Jamie Sinclair (Curling) Oct. 11: Mike Schultz (Para Snowboard) Oct. 18: Adam Rippon (Figure Skating) Oct. 25: Maddie Mastro (Snowboard) Nov. 1: Travis Ganong (Alpine Skiing) Nov. 8: Madison Chock and Evan Bates (Ice Dancing) Nov. 15: Ashley Caldwell (Free Skier) Nov. 22: Erin Hamlin (Luge) Nov 29: Jessie Diggins (Cross Country Skiing) Dec. 6: Amy Purdy (Para Snowboard) Dec. 13: Meryl Davis and Charlie White (Sochi Gold Medalists, Ice Dancing)
Check out Hilary’s AMA on Wednesday, July 19 on r/hockey.
Each AMA will give redditors the opportunity to learn all about what it takes to go for the gold. Athletes will share how they train during the summer months, how they’re preparing for PyeongChang, and what it’s like to reach the ultimate world stage in athletic competition.
(We also anticipate at least one question about duck-sized bobsledders and more than a few “Reddit Gold” puns.)
Over the years, redditors have shown their passion for the Olympics across the site, with AMAs from Paralympians in r/IAmA, lifting gold medalists stopping by r/weightlifting, and a constant stream of original content during every Olympic Games—like this classic gif from r/funny:
Just a couple of these things, & it pays for itself. For example, the Fiction River anthology alone [nearly 800 pages!] is 8.00 on Kindle. The Uncollected Anthology Year One [490 pages] is only available as a $24 paperback. Afaik, this is the only e-book edition. The Grayson trilogy is excellent, romance-with-woo-woo fun; the Rusch Diving series has great buzz. The Faerie Summer is a 20-book e-book set.
Throw in the others, & that's a lot at an excellent deal. Squee!
Simplicity, minimalism, Airbnb, and Kinfolk Magazine
Kinfolk still offers a one-size-fits-all-who-seek-it lifestyle solution with little tolerance for mess. The increasingly rarified image of luxurious simplicity that it projects is far from possible, desirable, or even recognizable for everyone.
Simplicity, for me, is less of a goal to aspire to, and more like the Tao Te Ching's uncarved block. It's the most useful thing in the world, because you can make anything out of it. And like the air in a tire, or the space in between the spokes of a wooden wheel, sometimes you need it in order to function.
I recently took part in a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) – 15 days of classes and hands-on activities covering everything from ecology to passata-making, spread over the first half of this year. I’d been told that doing a PDC makes you see the world differently. I must admit that I didn’t find this to be […]
Just a small signal-boost for those who might be interested:
One of my longtime frustrations with the social-networking ecosystem has been the cross-posting situation. Yes, it's fairly easy to set things up so that, when you post here, a link gets posted to Facebook. But the fact is, not too many people follow those links. What I really want is to be able to post here, and automatically copy the post over to there, so folks can read it directly. (I can wish that all my friends were here, but the fact is, Facebook is still the 800-pound gorilla; if it doesn't show up there, most of my friends won't see it.)
So a little while ago, I sat down with IFTTT (which has finally gotten powerful enough), and puzzled out how to do this right. This IFTTT Applet takes your Dreamwidth RSS feed as its input, and requires that you hook IFTTT up to your Facebook account. Given that, whenever you post something to Dreamwidth, it (eventually -- it takes a while) reads that post off your RSS feed, rebuilds the HTML into something that looks acceptable on Facebook (basically, it turns your post into Markdown), and posts it as a status update on Facebook, with a link back to the original DW article.
I can't promise that it's perfect -- it handles the most common HTML, but almost certainly will choke on complicated stuff. But it seems to be a pretty good compromise, and I've been using it successfully for a month or two now.