A heron scaring the ducks

Oct. 19th, 2017 01:20 pm
yourlibrarian: Penguin Baby (NAT-PenguinBaby-americangrl69)
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We recently had a visit from a heron. It was strolling around our end of the lake.

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mid-week check-in

Oct. 18th, 2017 03:59 pm
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Ahhh.. parenting... the fine art of sneaking old coloring books and the random piece of paper with markers on it to the recycling without the children noticing...

I've nearly finished recharging the rechargeable batteries, snuck out a handful of papers and a coloring book to the recycling, and sent 3 birthday cards that have been lingering on my desk for the last week. At least sending the cards makes me feel like I'm decluttering.

How are your efforts going?

adds up!

Oct. 17th, 2017 08:29 am
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[personal profile] yukonsally posting in [community profile] unclutter
My current decluttering project is charging all the dead rechargable batteries.

Little bits add up!

What tiny projects can you do to help the process?

Prompt for 2017-10-17

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:50 pm
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Today's prompt is 'did you miss me?'.

Prompt for 2017-10-16

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:11 pm
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Today's prompt is "from the east and from the west".

Weekly Check in Oct 15

Oct. 15th, 2017 06:45 pm
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Housekeeping (the usual stuff)
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

As we don't always get the time to pull things out of the suggestions post into their own separate posts, it may be worth checking every week (or tracking the post) to see if there's any new information you're interested in.

Also if you need help with tags, PM [personal profile] redbird, who is our tag guru. Both [personal profile] tanaqui and I are very grateful for the help.


Hurricane relief
Lin-Manuel Miranda made a thing for Puerto Rico
[community profile] fandomlovespuertorico is live! Go and bid
Call your congress person to help Puerto Rico
Links for how to help with the relief efforts for Irma and Maria
For lots of links for hurricane relief for Harvey, see the check-in post from two weeks ago

Nuclear Deterrence
Pull the (Nuclear) Football bill before Congress to require congressional approval before a nuclear strike.

Healthcare
Trump is working the sabotage from within angle by not funding the subsidies that make Obamacare work. (Vox)

Poll #18940 This week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10


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called my one senator
4 (50.0%)

called my other senator
3 (37.5%)

called my representative
3 (37.5%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
5 (62.5%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
5 (62.5%)

attended an in-person activist group
0 (0.0%)

participated in phone/online training
0 (0.0%)

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went to a protest
0 (0.0%)

signed up for alerts
1 (14.3%)

took care of myself
5 (71.4%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
0 (0.0%)

did something else
4 (57.1%)

committed to action in the coming week
2 (28.6%)



mas o menos nos entendemos

Oct. 15th, 2017 05:28 pm
xoxomarina: Illusion of Gaia ({ video game } » { iog } » gaia)
[personal profile] xoxomarina posting in [community profile] en_espanol
Buenas tardes y feliz domingo. Quisiera saber si todavía hay personas quienes están activas en este foro. Yo nací en la Argentina, pero mi idioma preferido siempre fue el inglés (vine a los EE.UU. a los 5 años). Pero estoy disponible para conversar en español si otras personas también quieren practicar. Por ejemplo, si el español no es su idioma nativo, a lo mejor yo lo ayudo a usted a aprender mas español, y en cambio yo me ayudo a mi misma escribiendo en español, que no me sale tan fácil escribir con tantos acentos y necesito practicar. Así nos ayudamos entre todos. :)

Normalmente yo siempre hablo en "usted" o "vos" (el "vos" tiene verbos conjugados muy distintos a los que estarán acostumbrados. Perdónenme, pero no me gusta usar el "tu". Lo haré si es necesario pero...casi siempre voy para el "usted" con desconocidos, solo porque me da miedo que los pueda confundir si yo uso "vos" y me miran como ¯\_(ツ)_/¯).

Ah! Otra cosa. Por si usan el Google Chrome, hay una extensión que se llama "Google Input Tools", que si lo instalan y seleccionan "Spanish - US International", van a poder escribir con acentos, simplemente apretando CTRL + ALT + (la letra).

Por ejemplo:

CTRL + ALT +
a = á
e = é
i = í
o = ó
u = ú
y = ü
n = ñ
/ = ¿
1 = ¡

CTRL + ALT + SHIFT +
a = Á
e = É
i = Í
o = Ó
u = Ú
y = Ü
n = Ñ

Bueno, no sé si habrá otra forma mas fácil de hacer los acentos. Esto es lo único que pude conseguir. Espero que esto le ha servido a alguien. Bueno, hasta luego y chau! :)

Beach dwellers

Oct. 15th, 2017 02:18 pm
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian posting in [community profile] common_nature
I just returned from a trip which included a brief stay at a beach. There were a number of residents there, including tiny clams that would appear and then vanish with each wave in and out. (We tried to take pictures but they were tough). On the other hand, these guys were everywhere:

Prompt for 2017-10-15

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:52 am
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[personal profile] brewsternorth posting in [community profile] dailyprompt
Today's prompt is "ready to leave".

Weekend uncluttering

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:35 pm
fred_mouse: drawing of mouse settling in for the night in a tin, with a bandana for a blanket (cleaning)
[personal profile] fred_mouse posting in [community profile] unclutter
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how's the decluttering go?

In my case, the answer is paperwork, plus some more paperwork. The filing cabinet is getting overfull, so I went through one file (manuals and warranties) and binned anything not still relevant, plus flagging two more overflowing folders to go through. I also finished up some more bits and bobs in the kitchen, and in one case then *threw out the pretty pretty container*, because I don't want it and I bet the op-shop can't sell it.

Plus I went through most of another pile of paper, and threw out about 75% of it. A few pieces have gone into the urgent pile, some into the whenever pile, and some into the filing cabinet. I found medical paperwork which means that I don't have to make a long avoided phone call ('when is my GP follow up due'), but does mean I have to make a GP appointment for follow-up. *sigh*.

That, plus a short period of time ironing, has got the not-quite-a-sideboard in the main room almost clear. There is a pile of software and other CDs/DVDs at one end that I need to sort through to work out what is still valid. I'm hoping that at least half will turn out to be software that can't be run any more, and exam music, and so can be binned with extreme prejudice, but I don't expect to get to that for at least another month.

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Oct. 14th, 2017 06:54 pm
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Welcome to the sixty-sixth Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, October 14-Sunday, October 15. The theme is "Moving the Body."


Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Everyone is eligible to post prompts, which may be words or phrases, titles, images, etc. Prompters may request a specific creator, but everyone else may still use that prompt if they wish. Prompts may specify a particular character/world/etc. but creators may use the prompt for something else anyway and post the results. Prompters are still encouraged to post mostly prompts that anyone could use anywhere, as this maximizes the chance of having creators make something based on your prompt. Please title your comment "Prompt" or "Prompts" when providing inspiration so these are easy to find.

Prompt responses may also be treated as prompts and used for further inspiration. For example, a prompt may lead to a sketch which leads to a story, and so on. This kind of cascading inspiration is one of the most fun things about a collective jam session.

Everyone is eligible to use prompts, and everyone who wants to use a given prompt may do so, for maximum flexibility of creator choice in inspiration. You do not have to post a "Claim" reply when you decide to use a prompt, but this does help indicate what is going on so that other prompters can spread out their choice of prompts if they wish.

Creators are encouraged, but not required, to post at least one item free. Likewise, sharing a private copy of material with the prompter is encouraged but not required. Creative material resulting from prompts should be indicated in a reply to the prompt, with a link to the full content elsewhere on the creator's site (if desired); a brief excerpt and/or description of the material may be included in the reply (if desired). It helps to title your comment "Prompt Filled" or something like that so these are easy to identify. There is no time limit on responding to prompts. However, creators are encouraged to post replies sooner rather than later, as the attention of prompters will be highest during and shortly after the session.

Some items created from prompts may become available for sponsorship. Some creators may offer perks for donations, linkbacks, or other activity relating to this project. Check creator comments and links for their respective offerings.

Prompters, creators, and bystanders are expected to behave in a responsible and civil manner. If the moderators have to drag someone out of the sandbox for improper behavior, we will not be amused. Please respect other people's territory and intellectual property rights, and only play with someone else's characters/setting/etc. if you have permission. (Fanfic/fanart freebies are okay.) If you want to invite folks to play with something of yours, title the comment something like "Open Playground" so it's easy to spot. This can be a good way to attract new people to a shared world or open-source project, or just have some good non-canon fun.

Boost the signal! The more people who participate, the more fun this will be. Hopefully we'll see activity from a lot of folks who regularly mention their projects in this community, but new people are always welcome. You can link to this session post or to individual items created from prompts, whatever you think is awesome enough to recommend to your friends.

Friday report

Oct. 13th, 2017 06:24 pm
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[personal profile] adair posting in [community profile] unclutter
Not much decluttering happened this week. I took about 8 books to Books to Prisoners. Next week is the B2P book sale in which I am heavily involved. I do not expect to get much of anything done at home while working on that. Laundry, probably, and regular bed-making and not much else. B promises to cook for me.
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My very own own Senator Ed Markey, along with California Congressman Ted Lieu, has created a bill that would require authorization from Congress (either as a declaration of war or the more-common- of-late authorization of force) before a nuclear strike.

This is a wonderful bill for a number of obvious reasons; it's HR 699/S 200. (House/Senate version. House text.)

If you are so inclined, call your Senators and Congressfolk to urge them to pass it. (202) 224-3121, or use Resistbot. (Text the word "resist" to 50409 to begin.)

Rachelmanijia has more info, a script, and other ideas here, and the campaign is hashtagging it up at #PullTheFootball, if you're Twitter-inclined.

If you're not American, feel free to share the info around anyway; the more folks who get this info, the better.

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Oct. 13th, 2017 02:14 pm
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I finally sold the thing! I am more excited about its absence than the money.

Have you heard of Swedish Death Cleaning? It's much less morbid than it sounds. It's another perspective on decluttering. Not "does this object bring me joy" but "will someone be happy I saved this thing for them?"

Happy decluttering!

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(Crossposting from [community profile] hamiltunes.)



Can be bought on iTunes etc.. Proceeds go to https://hispanicfederation.org/unidos/

This bit from the info says it all, I think: "Vocals Performed by Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Camila Cabello, Pedro Capo, Dessa, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Alex Lacamoire, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rita Moreno, Ednita Nazario, Joell Ortiz, Anthony Ramos, Gina Rodriguez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, PJ Sin Suela, Tommy Torres, Ana Villafañe."

LMM talks about the song (and stands by his Tweets at Trump):

Mid-week uncluttering

Oct. 11th, 2017 08:41 pm
fred_mouse: drawing of mouse settling in for the night in a tin, with a bandana for a blanket (cleaning)
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What have you found to unclutter, on this, the exhausting middle of the standard working week?

I report that I have finished not one, but two lots of fancy tea-given-as-present, giving me back one empty jar and a pretty tin to take to the op-shop. Also, used up tag ends of flour, although that counts less, as it has merely resulted in the purchase of more flour. On the plus side, I discovered idli rava, which is billed as rice semolina, and I have made a treasured dessert that I have missed greatly since giving up gluten containing cereals.

...and the ongoing paper sorting, although I have thrown out little, because I have been annotating the important pieces of paper for the taking to the accountant. I get that done, and I can book my trip to visit special friend in the Eastern States who is in need of a visitor to cheer them up.

I am also eyeing off a very pretty skirt that I have on display, which I will probably never wear. But oh, I love it so.

(no subject)

Oct. 10th, 2017 09:00 pm
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"I hope he gets the kind of church coffee that relies on faith to make one scant teaspoonful of cheap instant serve thirty members of the congregation."  - [personal profile] sillymouse 

Context is non-believers culturally appropriating churches for nebulous reasons
.

Musical Hat Draw Sale closes soon!

Oct. 9th, 2017 11:11 pm
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The Musical Hat Draw sale closes in just under over 12 hours, as I write this. If you've been intending to sponsor some music but haven't gotten around to it, now would be a good time to do so.

Prompt for 2017-10-09

Oct. 9th, 2017 05:57 pm
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Today's prompt is "just one more thing..."

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