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These are the characters appearing in "Everything That Is Real About Us."

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Qualities: Good (+2) Fast, Good (+2) Intrapersonal Intelligence, Good (+2) Shodo
Poor (-2) Broken Family Background
Powers: Average (0) Super-Intellect
Motivation: To belong.

Tex Airey -- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and long black hair with just a little wave. He keeps trying to grow a mustache and beard, but they come in thin and scraggly. He has numerous children, all out of wedlock and all from different women.
Qualities: Good (+2) Con Artist, Good (+2) Fast, Good (+2) Gamer
Poor (-2) Lech

After the 2003 opening of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, the Chukchansi Tribe has developed a bad habit of disenrolling its own members. Hundreds of people have been ejected, denying them benefits, and thus giving the survivors a larger share of the pie. The tribe has ousted members of documented ancestry and several of the last native speakers of the Chukchansi language. Between 2003-2013, the tribal membership plummeted from around 1800 members to about 900 members.

In T-America, some tribes still have serious membership problems. Different states have handled this in different ways. Some have designated an existing reservation to accept rejected individuals, so long as they can prove tribal ancestry from the U.S. government rolls. Even if they are no longer counted among their tribe of birth, the government is still liable for its obligations to them. Others have set aside a new reservation from government-owned land, in support of people who want to establish a new tribe from the fragments of several old ones. However, both of those solutions only apply to residents of that state and/or its tribes. There isn't really a national solution yet. Additionally, a few tribes have voted to take in people rejected by related tribes, but this has its own pros and cons. The government is also negotiating with some tribes to sever the dependent relationship, giving them back more of their treaty land but no longer providing payments, in the hope that they can become independent. This would at least get the U.S. government out of the argument over who is or is not "Indian enough."

Watermark (Culaccino) (Vedette Fedele) -- She has light olive skin, brown eyes, and short straight brown hair with a wide stripe of bluish-breen. A blue-and-white tattoo of a wave wraps around the upper part of her left arm. She comes from the municipality of Cosoleto in the region of Calabria in Italy. Vedette is a soft butch lesbian, and prefers lovers of moderate to butch persuasion rather than femmes. Her personality is fluid, easily shaping itself to the current context around her. Skilled at reading people, she makes both friends and business contacts easily.
Watermark works as a bodyguard for the Marionettes, particularly in cases where raw physical violence is not ideal. She uses aikido and de-escalation skills, along with subtle touches of her Water Powers, to keep people safe. If provoked, though, she is entirely capable of making limbs swell to immobility or of filling someone's lungs with water. Her nickname comes not from the colored hair but from her habit of leaving dangerous opponents with a permanent spiral scar by distorting the water within skin cells, so that she and others can recognize them easily in the future.
Origin: When she was thirteen, she got swept away by a flood and presumed lost. She returned three days later with a broad aquamarine streak through her hair, and Water Powers.
Uniform: On duty, she wears a masculine business suit. Off duty, she wears fashionable masculine clothing, usually from Italian designers. For swimming, she likes turquoise and white striped swim trunks with a bareskin top.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Emotional Intelligence, Good (+2) Adaptable, Good (+2) Aikido, Good (+2) Bodyguard, Good (+2) Connecting with People, Good (+2) Dancer, Good (+2) De-escalation
Poor (-2) Worrywart
Powers: Average (0) Water Powers
Vulnerability: As a Water elemental, she takes double damage from Fire, whether superpowered or ordinary.

"We English speakers have tried our best to describe this phenomenon with the phrase “water mark,” but Italians have had this term on lock for quite some time. Whispering the word culaccino makes us want to sit back, relax and sip an ice-cold drink on a hot, lazy day -- and then we remember that it’s fall, and we want to hop on a plane ASAP."
-- Italian Words We Don't Have in English

Here is Watermark with some friends, and a closeup of her Bareskin top. The one on the far left is an Earth elemental tattooed with roses and ivy. Watermark is next, with her blue streak temporarily colored brown. The woman in the pink swimsuit is a transwoman with Fire Powers, and a flaming tattoo on her thigh. The one on the far right is a transman, an Air elemental tattooed with angel wings on his back and birds on his wrists.

There are many types of stealth weapons. Watermark has last-ditch knives laced into her boots. A covert coin knife has a hilt and sheath made from two halves of a coin. Her keychain knife is a Mini Black Night Watchman. A comb knife is typically made of rigid plastic so it won't set off a metal detector. Her money clip also contains a hidden knife. This wicked little gem is a pressure point weapon. Hit someone in a sensitive place, and it increases the effect. Watermark is wearing it in the palmar position for slapping or grabbing, but it could also be worn on the back of the hand, the way some people use heavy rings as brass knuckles.


Sandy Vierra -- She has naturally tan skin, brown eyes, and long curly brown hair. Her body is muscular with wide shoulders, flat chest, and narrow hips. Her heritage is predominantly Latina with some Chinese plus a little British and Italian. She speaks English, Mandarin, and Spanish. Athletic and boisterous, Sandy loves communal sports such as beach volleyball or cooperative obstacle courses. She also enjoys waterfront recreation such as beachcombing and exploring tidepools, and she volunteers to protect baby sea turtles from predators as they scramble toward the waves. On the weekends she likes to visit the Pacific Ocean; during the week she favors the Merced River. Her favorite reading is the trashy fiction characterized as "beach books."
At home Sandy has landscaped her entire yard with plants, primarily native to the area, that require no supplemental watering except to establish new ones. Her house is a lovely little one-bedroom cottage with a studio loft which she has turned into a personal gym. One of her neighbors is a Yokut man who likes to make things from traditional materials. Sandy trades him things from her yard in exchange for him looking after her place when she gets called in to work suddenly or is injured.
Sandy serves as a firefighter in Mercedes, California. Her courage and energy make her very popular with her teammates. She is interested in learning soup care, but hasn't had an opportunity yet. Sandy is not good at ladythings such as painting her face or walking in high heels. She thinks she's hawt enough in fireproof pants and a sport bra. She is right.
Qualities: Master (+6) Boundless Energy, Master (+6) Courage, Expert (+4) Athlete, Expert (+4) Firefighter, Expert (+4) Strength, Good (+2) Beach Fun, Good (+2) Hawt, Good (+2) Teamwork, Good (+2) Thermodynamics, Good (+2) Xericulture
Poor (-2) Ladythings


Saltation (Digo Ingram) -- He has ruddy skin, brown eyes, and short curly brown hair. He wears a short beard that goes from ear to ear, wrapping under his jaw. He has some pretty radical scars from a beach accident, but the big ones are hidden under knee-length shorts and a t-shirt. Digo enjoys beachcombing, and often picks up litter as he goes. He also makes and plays percussion instruments from junk. Often he incorporates large pieces of beach garbage, such as hubcaps or PVC pipe; the chemical changes caused by water can create fascinating influences on the musical notes produced.
Digo took a double major at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, studying both the biology and geology of coastal environments with an eye toward environmental preservation. Currently he works for the California Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup, primarily replenishing beaches by moving sand from undesirable locations (such as harbors) to desirable locations (such as shrinking beaches). Sometimes he also helps with marine search-and-rescue; in the picture, he's holding a mask after recovering the body of a supervillain who drowned when he dove into the ocean to escape arrest. Christopher also does presentations on environmental awareness and the creative application of superpowers in professional work.
Origin: During a college field trip, he was swept away by a rogue wave and battered against the rocks. While submerged, he struggled to regain control of himself and move purposefully through the water -- and his superpowers manifested. He spurted up onto a large outcropping of rock, where the Coast Guard managed to rescue him.
Qualities: Master (+6) Naturalistic Intelligence, Expert (+4) Citizenship, Expert (+4) Water Sports, Good (+2) Junk Percussionist, Good (+2) Marine Biologist, Good (+2) Marine Geologist
Poor (-2) Fear of Fire
Powers: Expert (+4) Beach Powers
His superpowers primarily influence Earth and Water, allowing him to influence local ocean currents and control the movement of sand. He can manipulate Air also, but only at Good (+2) level.
Vulnerability: He takes double damage from fire. This has left him with a strong fear of it, not phobia level (since it is a reasonable fear) but enough to be bothersome at times.
Motivation: To protect the beaches of California.

Poem: "Everything That Is Real About Us"

  • Sep. 25th, 2017 at 3:25 PM
This poem is spillover from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "family of choice" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and directly follows "An Atmosphere of Shame."

Warning: This poem is flangst. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Shiv has trouble relaxing and having fun, due to his history of abuse and neglect, so a beach trip is more complicated for him than for most people. ECR Boy! The poem includes multiple flashbacks, social anxiety, financial anxiety, extreme body modesty, hypervigilance, reference to past near-drowning, emergency manhandling (by Aida of Shiv and by Shiv of Edison), flibbering over acceptance vs. rejection, awkward interactions with another family, mild overstrain of superpowers, awkward apologies, Edison is blunt as a bowling ball and has no filter because he is four, and Shiv is little better due to past abuse, frustration over solar limitations, and other challenges. On the whole, though, it has a positive tone. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. This is the second in the beach thread, and you'll need it to make sense of later poetry as well as [personal profile] dialecticdreamer's story "Family Stories."


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Adjective noun.

  • Sep. 25th, 2017 at 8:30 PM
Gave Electric Dreams, The Impossible Planet a try. Out of the cut: stupid episode. Under the cut: spoilers and rationale. )

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Monday Update 9-25-17

  • Sep. 25th, 2017 at 2:18 PM
These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "We Must Bear Witness"
Poem: "An Atmosphere of Shame"
Poem: "Black Swan Lake"
Saturday Yardening
Crowdfunding Creative Jam
The Jewel in the Heart of Quantum Physics
Birdfeeding
Hard Things


The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics is now complete.  I have a few new poems up already, and more to post.

"Branded in His Memory" is fully committed, so if you pledged money toward that, now is the time to send it (not counting the person who specified a later date of donation).  Look on the sale page to see the tally; I had to put it there because the donor comments kind of spread around several posts.

The discussion "Working Around Microphones" has gained a lot of attention. If you're concerned about accessibility and diversity, please check out this list of ideas for supporting everyone's comfort and communication. If you're an organizer, or you know someone who is, by all means print it out and pass it around.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Stylet enjoys a shower and Valor's Widow starts cooking.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 23 new verses.  Pips and Jules discuss what to get for G and Joshua after the fire.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses.  The Iron Horses tell Kenzie what happened to the gaybashers.  

Weather has been hot and muggy.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells,  firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, frost asters, torenia, purple aster, sawtooth sunflowers, pink sedum, purple sedum.

Sep. 25th, 2017

  • 3:16 PM
IF MY FUCKING PHONE IS IN ANOTHER FUCKING BOOT LOOP

ETA: OH GOOD

Mondayish

  • Sep. 25th, 2017 at 7:33 PM
Building reception called me at lunch time yesterday to say that the power was back on. So I got a nice sunshiney stroll into town, picked up some coffee on the way, had a chat with the guy on reception duty and then got on with the business of plugging everything back in and powering it up.

Which went just fine to start with. Everything powered on first time. Network lights started pinging on. I went and checked classroom internet. It worked. So I double-checked that the local DC had powered up and had a network light on and then called the Corp team. At which point it became apparent that all was not well after all. Several checks and a call to our main ISP later it became apparent that the classroom internet had neatly failed over to the backup ISP but both the Corp primary and backup lines were out and the ISP couldn't see the NTU from their end.

An engineer was duly booked out to arrive first thing this morning and I went home again because there was nothing else I could do and we had classroom internet which meant that courses could start just fine, it was only the office that was going to have problems.

The engineer was about an hour late in arriving and by that time most of the sales team had gone home to work. He spent about 15 minutes scratching his head and being puzzled because all his test readings were okay but the unit didn't have a MAC address. It wasn't until he pulled out the fibre connectors a third time to check his readings and plugged them back in that everything suddenly sprang into life.

It wasn't a box that had any power for me to unplug but it's a reasonable bet that I knocked it at some point while I was climbing up and down trying to power everything down and then back up again. That said, it wasn't until the third time he pulled the connector out and put it back that everything started working again so it may be a bit dodgy anyway.

We'll see. I do have permission to reseat the connectors myself if it happens again, as long as I then report it to the ISP.

On the plus side I did get my afternoon off in lieu of working part of Sunday and [personal profile] battlehamster took me to lunch at Atomic Burger since he had the day off to recover from his weekend of being someone else :)

Killjoys Rewatch: s03e05 Attack the RAC

  • Sep. 25th, 2017 at 7:33 PM
The problem with the rewatch going - so far - better than expected is that I start really dreading the point where it goes wrong. That point being this chapter, with this show failing middle school bio (it's sequences not strands, geniuses), D'av taking unreasonably long to kill the people torturing his brother (and then killing only one of them) and - well, these two things are the big things, but Annoying White Men and Dead Black Women don't help this episode's case.

No real Fact Sheet material in this ep (except noting the Hullen and Human plot-lines are definitely synched here), but on my first rewatch I failed to notice that the aforementioned White men are named Cardiff, James and McAvoy.

Otherwise, this ep was adrenaline-y and fun... if I fast-forwarded the Idiot parts.

story recs

  • Sep. 25th, 2017 at 11:43 AM
Thanks to a recommendation from [personal profile] vass, I read Suradanna and the Sea by Rebecca Fraimow. It's beautiful and bittersweet and queer; I wouldn't call it a romance, but I don't know that I'd say it's not, either.

If you're up to reading stories about institutionalized child abuse with happy endings, this by [tumblr.com profile] caffeinewitchcraft and this follow-up by [tumblr.com profile] kelincihutan are stellar.

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first frolics of fall

  • Sep. 25th, 2017 at 7:49 AM
A road side cliff, covered with vines, is all yellow even before September.

On a warm day, I walk along the shadowy side of the street. Except with the setting sun at just that angle, the sunlight reflects off the opposite windows in a steady pattern and burns down on me.

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A Net of Dawn and Bones

  • Sep. 25th, 2017 at 7:23 AM
A Net of Dawn and Bones by C. Chancy

A contemporary fantasy that opens in Hell. . . .

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Sep. 25th, 2017

  • 7:42 AM
I Am A: True Neutral Elf Wizard (7th Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-13

Dexterity-11

Constitution-11

Intelligence-18

Wisdom-14

Charisma-11


Alignment:
True Neutral A true neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. He doesn't feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos. Most true neutral characters exhibit a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil after all, he would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, he's not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way. Some true neutral characters, on the other hand, commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They see good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run. True neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion. However, true neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it represents apathy, indifference, and a lack of conviction.


Race:
Elves are known for their poetry, song, and magical arts, but when danger threatens they show great skill with weapons and strategy. Elves can live to be over 700 years old and, by human standards, are slow to make friends and enemies, and even slower to forget them. Elves are slim and stand 4.5 to 5.5 feet tall. They have no facial or body hair, prefer comfortable clothes, and possess unearthly grace. Many others races find them hauntingly beautiful.


Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.


Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)



P.S. According to the details of the survey, I could just as easily have been chaotic neutral.

Contrave

  • Sep. 25th, 2017 at 4:01 AM
I just found out that the other medication in Contrave is an antidepressant.

I've been saying I need to go back on antidepressants anyway, so that's good.

I'm hoping it'll help me kick soda and fast food for good, I'll lose lots of weight, get into kickboxing and become badass (in my own mind, anyway.)




If Jessica goes to Tawain next year, I'm invited. So I have that to look forward to.




I looked up Jordan's FaceBook page to see if he got to the U.K. all right.

Doo Deep De Doop

  • Sep. 25th, 2017 at 2:16 AM
My co-worker called out sick again tonight, so I'm by myself. No big deal, at least not so far.

I'm going between writing and working on my TEFL course, and from there I was looking up TEFL jobs - including those right here at home.

Now I suppose I should log into my courses starting up at UCSD today.




I signed up for four courses.

On top of the TEFL course.

I'm completely off-the-charts bonkers. UCSD quality courses are going to be intense. I have to get on top of getting the books read and be ready to respond to people and the forums tomorrow.

The bright side is, I basically have eight hours each night to engage in study in. So, what I think will happen:

Hour One: TEFL.

Hour Two and Three: Anatomy and Physiology.

Hour Four and Five: Medical Terminology.

Hour Five and Six: Introduction to Counseling Models.

Hour Six and Seven: Occupational Safety and Security for Health Professionals.

Leave an average of an hour to do checks and various operational tasks around the facility, give or take.

German Election Results

  • Sep. 25th, 2017 at 8:36 AM
CDU/CSU 33,0 % (Conservatives)
SPD 20,5 % (Social Democrats)
AfD 12,6 % (The Neo-Nazis, imho)
FDP 10,7 % (The Liberals)
Linke 9,2 % (The Left)
Grüne 8,9 % (The Greens)

2017 Voter turnout 72,1% (2013 Voter turnout 68,6%)

A decent interactive map can be found at this place. The AfD won direct seats in Saxony.

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Poem: "We Must Bear Witness"

  • Sep. 24th, 2017 at 11:03 PM
This poem came out of the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from ZB on Dreamwidth, [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, and [personal profile] serpentine. It also fills the "punishment" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains imagery which may disturb some readers. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It takes place during and after World War II. Thus it features genocide, discrimination, extreme violence, death and destruction, killing captive Nazis via superpower, jailbreaking, erotic art, orphaning, traumatic rage, war trials, extrajudicial execution, and other mayhem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding if this is something you want to read.

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Sep. 24th, 2017

  • 11:29 PM
I had a quiet day today, which was good. I did some cleaning in the bathroom, washed a lot of dishes, and cooked a nice dinner. Cube Guy liked my soup! I made it with chicken this time. 

Also I just watched John Cena cry a little bit on live not-actually-tv and I'm having an unexpected amount of Feelings.