Slowly, slowly reading my way through M.C.A. Hogarth's _Business for the Right-Brained_, and figuring out plans for my art and writing career.
I was looking through this one artist's blog at https://iguanodont.tumblr.com and the blog subtitle is "Everything you know and love is actually a dragon," and I really like that.
(See also: some of my favorite questions of "what is a dragon, anyway?" and "is x a dragon?" and "ooh, can I be a dragon??")
I just got my flu shot for the upcoming season! How about you?
The NPR interview where Rebecca Sugar came out as a nonbinary woman is really good to listen to. https://the1a.org/audio/#/shows/2018-07-09/the-mind-behind-americas-most-empathetic-cartoon/114886/
better binder project, gender stuff, Show more
Hey, people who bind: an online acquaintance is using costume techniques to try to build a better and much more comfortable chest binder, it looks pretty interesting.
Also she is making all her experiments public, so people can make their own. No tutorial just yet, but pictures of prototypes are online.
And she could use some financial support:
I'm finally all caught up on Steven Universe, up to "Legs From Here To Homeworld!" Share your spoileriffic fans theories and observations! (But under a cw to protect others, of course.)
Isn't a mouse pad essentially a yoga mat small enough for a mouse to exercise on?
What are your favorite examples of fiction influencing reality? My favorites are... Show more
My favorite might be when some early submariners saved their lives by trying a trick from Jules Verne's _Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea_, a sci-fi novel written before submarines were really a thing. The surface was storm-tossed and threatened to break apart their ship, but they'd read in the novel that the sea would be calm deeper down. They couldn't be sure whether that would hold true in real life, but this gamble looked like their best option, so they dived to wait out the storm, instead of trying to reach shore. It worked. They wrote Verne a thank-you letter.
My other favorite example is the iPad.
I don't understand why ancient technologies have gotten so lost when newer technologies developed, given that the older ones were more affordable to DIY. Why didn't poor fishers keep knapping stone knives, when it was cheaper than buying bronze ones from the smith? Why didn't poor farmers keep using longbows to protect their flocks, when it would save them money on gun-cotton? Do any historians here have insight into this?
Are hippos dragons?
What's your handle on #Dreamwidth? I'm frameacloud there. I'm going to push myself to do more personal and long-form journaling on there again, because its posting access features are so good. Sometimes it's hard to match people to their handles, because Dreamwidth profiles in particular tend to be really vague about who people are. https://frameacloud.dreamwidth.org
Trimmed my Masto follow list way down, to keep my home timeline from being overwhelming.
Oz Show more
My favorite piece of meta about the Oz series is that Frank Baum kept wanting to stop writing the books, and said the series had ended several times, but the fans kept clamoring for more, so he just disgustedly kept cranking out these completely excellent books.
And then when he DIED, people didn't want him to stop writing the books even THEN, so some spiritualists had him dictate yet another book in the series from BEYOND THE GRAVE.
And it turned out to be a really lousy book! Some pundit said something along the lines that either this book wasn't really by the spirit of Frank Baum, or passing through the veil had caused him to lose his writing skill.
Here's another theory. What if the medium really HAD contacted Baum, but Baum was like, "For pity's sake, let it rest already!" and he wrote it badly on purpose to make sure people would FINALLY QUIT asking him to write more Oz. Let a fellow RIP already!
My all-time favorite piece of fantasy or sci-fi worldbuilding is the waterfall that flows uphill in _The Patchwork Girl of Oz._ It just says, who cares if it's plausible? It's a story! You can do whatever you want! You can say there's a waterfall that flows uphill, and there it is! Stories don't *have* to abide by any sense of physics or normality or plausibility or reason if you don't want them to! Make up stuff that's wilder than your goofiest dreams! Have fun!