Following up on the Bahamas hurricane relief thread: this is the best resource anyone sent: https://sunbeam.city/@raye/102741348053973509
I have reservations about some of the funds (Red Cross often screw up horrendously; I don't know enough about the govt to give directly to them; ones run by cruise lines feel weird), but donated to the two that made the most sense to me:
A US-based expats supporting the old country org https://www.nabmiami.org/donate/
The pan-Caribbean tourist assoc's relief fund: https://www.gofundme.com/hurricane-relief-fund-cto
Rats can learn to drive tiny cars around an arena in exchange for a food reward. Their hormone levels suggest they seem to find going for a drive relaxing
One thing about yesterday's election: I think Canada has outdone Lord Buckethead https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/12/canada-federal-election-maxime-bernier-rhino-party
uk amazon alternative
Just found a website that functions similar to amazon but supports independent bookshops instead of bezos’ offshore accounts.
It gives you the option to choose a bookshop to support, so if you live miles from your favourite radical bookshop and they don’t sell online you could in theory support them this way.
I haven’t used them yet, but I heard about it through the Reading Solidarity Centre so it seems to have the support of independent shops.
I do have a friend coming with me. I suspect I'll need gentle peer pressure to not chicken out, and then be fine once it's started.
Oh, and here's the artist - https://www.instagram.com/taraosprey/ - I think you'll be able to see why I chose her.
Then I got recommendations of artists from various people, and basically sat on a shortlist for 2 years because of a combination of nerves and busyness. It's been feeling really good to finally set this plan in motion, but I am still so very nervous. I'm actually kind of squeamish about needles, in spite of getting about 10 IVs a year because of a medical condition.
Other ideas that I liked but didn't go for:
* Orcas (they're actually worldwide)
* Dorsal fins of specific Puget Sound orcas (too few people would get it; possibly too elegiac especially as the most famous one had just died)
* Pacific tree frog (adorable, but fewer people would recognise the individual species)
* Spotted owl (feels like stepping into a fight)
* Camas (I started to worry about appropriativeness)
I asked several friends for ideas, and ultimately settled on a Western redcedar frond. The species is a distinctive tree that I love, with a range that's a relatively good match for the region I have in mind (whole range is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata#/media/File:Thuja_plicata_range.png and the larger contiguous chunk is my idea of home). And I decided on a frond because that's more readily identifiable as this species in particular than a silhouette of the whole tree would be.
I became a US citizen in 2017. Through that process it always bothered me that I was doing all that while continuing to feel that countries are at best meaningless abstractions, if not outright harmful. So at some stage I promised myself that I would get a tattoo that represented the _region_ that meaningfully feels like home to me: more or less the wet maritime side of Cascadia.
(Slightly past) time for #SFFBookClub November-read nominations.
- Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, Lois McMaster Bujold
- Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler
- Walkaway, Cory Doctorow
- The Second Mango, Shira Glassman
- All Systems Red (novellla), Martha Wells
We try to keep selections under around 400 pages.
Please reply with the hashtag to nominate a book.
Past reads are listed at Google Sheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UW-L9gSLjk8cNaMviI3veGv7ScQa4eEcA5sFeZd7fJM/
(his photography is wonderful too https://www.kiliii.com/ )
Oh no, the local blog covered this guy's kayak building and now I wants one: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2fPtSRglO_/
The dragon lowered a rainbow-hued head to sniff the small, furry morsel. To her surprise, it hissed and puffed up, and swiped at her with surprising aggression.
Perhaps it was more dangerous than it looked. She withdrew, curling her tail around her pile of gold.
The small creature stared at her, yellow eyes wide and suspicious.
Later, she found it batting at a stray piece of gold. She tried to take it back, and was again met with a hiss and a swipe.
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