If anyone is up for helping me brainstorm, I am seeking:

Suggestions for names/images of people who are simultaneously leaders of a movement/action involving the long arc curving towards justice and synecdoche for that movement/action in popular discourse.


Martin Luther King, Jr.
Malcolm X
Bree Newsome

as for examples.

Susan B. Anthony is probably the first wave icon most recognisable. Hrm. I know there were notable black feminists of her time but I cannot bring names to mind; must fix.

Gandhi. (My examples are rather US-centric and while that isn't a problem for the project per se I don't want to be explicitly US-centric.) Nelson Mandela.

I need enough visually 'I recognise this person as an Icon' people to make the ones who aren't visually recognisable clearly 'okay, even though I don't know who that is, they must be, also, an Icon'. (I don't expect most people would recognise Bree Newsome on the street, f'ex, but I suspect the silhouette of her up a flagpole would be appropriately Iconic.)

Miss Major, I think. Harvey Milk?

Crazy Horse. Some of the young people behind the DAPL protests.


Also seeking:

Iconic artists/musicians/etc. whose work provided rallying points for similar matters. Johnny Cash. Pete Seeger. Phil Ochs. Possibly Freddie Mercury, given Queen's particular cultural role and his death. Um. Things.
kiya: (lotus discordia)
( May. 2nd, 2016 05:36 pm)
I blame [livejournal.com profile] brooksmoses for the fact that I now have some sort of vague notion that I ought to put out a call for submissions for good Discordian material and Kickstart a spiffy edition thereof.
I am not off to visit new!baby because old!baby is napping at an inconvenient moment. This means I am working on my project with $coder.

This produces Moments.

Such as the comment in the code that he shared with me, which reads:

"//I have no idea why we're adding eight here. but if you don't, the world crashes."

(We have commiserated about Magic Inexplicable Numbers.)

Then a discussion of How To Make Git Go which ended with me commenting, "We are learning experience of Borg."
I spent 3-4 hours tonight writing a setting of Utterance 35 of the Pyramid Texts.

Using a pentatonic scale.

It can be performed as a four-part round.

... I may be slightly mad.
kiya: (making stuff)
( Jul. 5th, 2015 02:27 pm)
So for a while I have been poking at my personal symbology in the hopes of making it integrate more smoothly. And I did this by means of seeing if I could fit it to a Tarot deck symbol-set.

And as I kept poking at it it kept getting more and more awesome, at least to me, and then I babbled about it at people, and they thought it was awesome too. To the "If that deck existed, I would buy it" level of thinking it was awesome.

Long story short: last night I made contact with an artist friend and said, "Would you like to help me with this awesome project?"

We will be trying out Kickstarter when we have enough sorted out.
kiya: (computers)
( May. 16th, 2014 10:51 pm)
I, um, may have sent [livejournal.com profile] jenett a sequence of, like, a half-dozen one-line emails squeeing about various things I've figured out how to do with a wiki....
kiya: (khnum)
( May. 7th, 2014 11:28 am)
I've discovered an actual use for Pinterest as a thing I would use as a thing.

Building a catalogue of glaze recipes with test images.
Probably in one of the better possible ways.

So [livejournal.com profile] ardaniel mentioned to me about one of the latest "OMG women are getting cooties in my fandom" explosions, and Scalzi commented on it today, and now I'm pondering that some time in the future I might actually go to cons where cosplay happens once more. (I mean, it's been an age since I visited [livejournal.com profile] erispope and we used to do Dragon*Con.)

And so, in honor of all the misogynistic twitbrains who are deeply disturbed by those sexy sexy womens in their revealing costumes, I have a desire ...

... to cosplay a topless woman who wears a lot of jewelry.

By which I mean...

Pyanfar Chanur.


(Note to self addendum: Boneclaw Mother.)
kiya: (pooka)
( Oct. 27th, 2011 05:16 pm)
I am suffering from more than the usual horrible temptation to write thumbnail portrait superhero versions of random people I know. Not that I suspect my superhero webcomic will get off the ground in my imminent lifetime, but.
Today what I really want is a house where I can paint Pascal's Triangle in mod 8 on the wall of one of the rooms.

(I am not sure if this is more or less punchy than the box in the corner labelled 'Look! It's another box full of random books!')
kiya: (buddha)
( Jun. 2nd, 2006 12:31 am)
So last week I went out and got underwear, a double boiler, and a monkey.

Cut. Includes photo. Also really random maundering. )
Away (not in the actual, y'know, significantly away from where I usually am, but nonetheless away from home) this weekend, thus not in my usual state of semi-perpetual awareness of the internet. So, y'know, don't expect to hear from me, unless you do.

My ineffectuality, while dominating much of the day, has more or less dissolved in light of my need to try out the double boiler (the acquisition of which was previously mentioned). However, I was mightily startled when the flower sprig I was stripping emitted a rather drowsy and unimpressed bee at me. (The bee was safely ejected to the vicinity of the azalea once I recovered from Exaggerated Startle Reflex-land.)

[livejournal.com profile] suzimoses is here safely.

[livejournal.com profile] whispercricket has emailed me to inform me about the state of [livejournal.com profile] arawen's adorableness. I am appropriately awww.
kiya: (jackaled)
( Apr. 21st, 2006 02:06 am)
1018 words finishes 3.15. (1207 total.)

Unfortunately, I am utterly unsure about how 3.16 starts or I'd do a few lines to get enough that I don't have a blank page problem with it.

Meanwhile, I need to bump acquisition of the Pyramid Texts and the Coffin Texts and commentaries thereupon up in priority, because some part of my mind is fixed on the notion of modernising The Book of Coming Forth By Day into the form of a Lonely Planet-style Guide to the Duat (suitable for perusal by the would-be traveller or gift to the recently deceased on the occasion of their burial!). I'm clearly having one of my religious crackpot days. At least I like my derangement well-researched.

(I'll use the Anpu icon for this. Not the Discordian one. But only barely.)
Latlong information is findable at http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~cvm/latlon_find_location.html .

Helaical rising of Sirius calculable with code findable at http://www.culturediff.org/english/software1.htm .

Calculator doesn't seem to parse fractional degrees; this may be error in trying to remember how to do the commas and periods for European usage. Given that latitude is findable as 42 28', this is tricky; 42 gives 15 August, 43 gives 16 August for New Year's. Guesses about the altitude we're at iffy, but seeing as I'm just barely not on the coast, no major worries.
kiya: (snakie)
( Jun. 18th, 2003 09:45 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] teinedreugan was home today 'cause he was feeling sick yesterday and wanted to kick it early. So we went hunting.

We went to Woburn to get brewing stuff. (Incidentally, [livejournal.com profile] qarylla, the supply store I use is I think a bit less than a mile from the Woburn Mall. I looked for signs of bus stops but didn't see any. But I figured the Woburn Mall was a good landmark and possibly bussable.) Got another gallon jug and appropriate bits, the malt I need for the braggot, and miscellanea.

Then went to the Lowe's right near there (far side of the Woburn Mall) and bought a large bag of dirt, because my other lily arrived before we left, and the last of the soil I bought for the other plants wasn't anywhere near enough.

Then we went to the pet shop and got some underwater plants for my tank, more fish food, and water treatment stuff. Didn't get fish yet, though I've got lots of algae in my tank for algae-eaters to eat; want the plants to have a little bit to establish first, and there was enough mucking about anticipated for getting the new lily in that the fish would likely have a rough time of it.

Planted the new lily. I suspect it may wind up grumpy at me; it's built on a rather different scale than the other one is. (The pads have something like thrice the diameter.) Must ponder building wider/deeper tank at some point. Planted the underwater plants too, in a pot to one side. Got [livejournal.com profile] teinedreugan's help moving the pots around, after I called him up to show him the lilypad that had wound up somewhere bizarre.

Went grocery. Got honey (for the braggot for whenever I start it) and unground cumin (same); got more flour and replaced the flour tub that [livejournal.com profile] brooksmoses and I broke making pierogies a while back.

It has been a good day. We hunted many needful and useful things. I may rack the melomel and/or start the braggot later.
kiya: (snakie)
( May. 7th, 2003 05:27 pm)
Pitched yeast on my attempt at a lime-ginger melomel. Urgently waiting for it to start bubbling. (Yeah, yeah, yeah, patience, how long will that take?) We'll see how it comes out. I'll stop staring at it urgently and check on it this evening.

Not worrying too much about the outside garden this year, because we're trying a new method for getting rid of the uglies; [livejournal.com profile] teinedreugan went out and tried poisoning a bunch of them earlier, carefully avoiding the onion plant from several years ago that sits completely unmolested on that side of the garden. The poison we got is topical, rather than general, so I'm hoping it doesn't disrupt the land.

Lilac hasn't bloomed yet, but it's got buds up the wazoo. Should fish out one of my clean old honey jars for trying to make essential oils when it does. Cherry tree is blooming. The door-eating rosebush is putting out green.

Got [livejournal.com profile] teinedreugan to bring my large bag of sand (for miscellaneous gardening purposes, mostly) up to the mathom room, and put a layer of sand in on the bottom of my water garden tank. This would be because there's a cutting board sitting in the middle of said tank, and thus the bottom isn't even; this partially conceals the board and brings the level up so the other pots that will be there eventually won't be uneven. Also put a thin layer of sand over the top of the soil in the iris pots to cut down on muddiness; that'll be pebbled over later.

(Got the idea for the sand layer from the growing notes for a website [livejournal.com profile] erispope showed me, which has live Nymphaea caerulea seeds for sale, and little notes on how one might grow them that included sand. Someday, I intend to try growing them, but the site says they're persnickety. It also requires me to have one or more large buckets. :} They've also got incense resins, for when I start tinkering with that. Nice site.)
So I got onto the subject of container water gardens a while back, and got a book, and have been pondering at the thing a bit. There isn't much that's different than the man-made-and-maintained pond that I helped set up and learned about the maintenance of, though there are a few points. So I ponder (and write thoughts, partly because [livejournal.com profile] jinian asked).

Most of the information-stuff I'm finding is presuming that the thing will be outdoors. However, I want to do some tropicals in the plants, and those won't survive the weather in this climate zone unless the pond goes to a certain depth, and that requires a certain amount of size which we don't have, and anyway, I'd like to be able to move the thing and take it with me.

Water lilies need at least four hours of good sunlight (many need six, and prefer afternoon sun) to bloom. An indoor garden should probably be by a window, and probably also have a supplemental sun-lamp on a timer. I need to see if I can dig up how much surface area an individual lily wants, to see if it's feasable to get two -- a day-bloomer and a night-bloomer, and a blue one and a white one. Probably easier with dwarf lilies and an oblong enclosure, maybe with the dwarf papyrus in a section in the middle to help keep them from taking over each other's surface areas if one gets off to a faster growth than the others. (Not that I've seen that happen personally, no, nuh-uh.)

Planting in the pond I grew up with was done in pots set on the bottom, or on bricks and the like on the bottom. The container gardens book I have (or maybe the one I flipped through in the bookstore yesterday) has suggestions for planting straight into the container, like putting rocks in to make a divide and raising the dirt in the area that'll have marginal plants rather than deepwater ones. I'm pondering which approach I want to take; I'm slightly leaning towards pots because it'd be easier to take the pots out and move the container empty than it would be to move the container, dirt, rocks, plants and all.

An outdoor water garden like this would need fish, to eat the insect larvae and otherwise prevent the thing from becoming a mosquito incubator, but also to help keep nutrients balanced, which would stil be an issue inside. Keeping algae down also an issue, so I should get some algae-eating fish. And I'll also, I think, get some neon tetras. Because they're blue, and I want blue fish.

According to some pond ecology balance calculations, such a thing might want snails. I don't want snails. You have two snails, you have infinite snails. They're worse than guppies. They'll completely take over an ecosystem when they don't have sufficient predation, and they put out enough eggs that 'the fish will eat the eggs' is not sufficient predation.

I wonder if papyrus count as 'bog plants' or 'oxygenating grasses'.

More pond-ering. Specific geekery and misc. notes. Probably dull. )

Graah. Okay. Enough notes for now.
From alt.callahans.

Pencil Carving.



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