Monthly Archives: April 2013

This week in the Slacktiverse, April 29th, 2013

(posted and compiled by chris the cynic, written by various members of The Slacktiverse)

Each day had it’s own reasons for delay, but if you’re wondering why this is so late in the day today you can read about my day here (CN: pain, apathy, peripheral mention of hostages), though I’m not going to use that as a contribution until next week as the delays were not to make me able to post more stuff this week or any other sneaky thing.  So don’t feel pressured to read it now or any such thing, it’ll be in the usual place next week.

The Blogaround

Catherine wrote:

I’ve been going for drama on my music blog this week, with Erlkönig on Monday, and an a capella (mostly) heavy metal group on Friday.  The latter is something I would never have imagined I would like, but I’m becoming strangely addicted to their music – their musicianship is just astonishing, and what they can do with their voices is absolutely amazing!

You can always tell when I’ve been organised on my food blog, because the posts turn up regularly at midday every second day… so last week was quite organised, in fact!  Next week almost certainly won’t be.  On Sunday, I went to the farmers’ market and was astonished to find both quinces (appropriate for autumn) and asparagus (wildly out of season, but I’m not going to say no).  On Tuesday, I made roasted root vegetables with tahini, maple syrup and spices for my Sweet Spices, Savoury Suppers challenge, which is still running for a few more days if you want to add a recipe.    On Thursday, I posted the best of my birthday cakes, a Carrot Everything Cake, which is full of glacé and dried fruit and uses maple syrup, bananas and dates for sweetening and is just gorgeous, if I say so myself.  And yesterday, I joined the rather fun In My Kitchen blogaround, and took photos of some of the more amusing things currently lurking in my kitchen.

Hope everyone else’s week was full of food they loved and music that inspired them!

Coleslaw wrote:

This past week I said Good-bye, Old Friend to my old car, and commemorated World Malaria Day. Also, as promised, I explained How I Became a Vampire.

chris the cynic wrote:

Technological progress in one photo.

After that photo, which I’ve been meaning to get a good shot of for years, everything was in some way related to the birth of my nephew last Monday.  (So anyone who can’t/doesn’t-want-to take birth narratives stop here.)  I still haven’t gotten a post on the full birth story, or rather the events surrounding the birth (though my sister doesn’t remember it she barred me, along with everyone else, from entering when I returned to the ward and once the birth started no one was let in, only those already in the room remained.)

So first I have a post started before my nephew was born about how of the woman with the sword, the man with the gas mask, the other assorted characters, it was me with a camera that tripped someone’s “Could that be a terrorist?” bells and then it gets kind of scattered because the birth happened while I was writing, and there was stuff to say about people knowing exactly what I meant when I said where the rail line meets the out of use prison road near the hole in the chain link fence.

Next came a post following me finally meeting the new relative, whose name turned out to be Jensen (no connection to Supernatural), then how persistent lack of sleep was preventing me from getting posts written including the above still unfinished one, then why the title of that post had been profanity which wasn’t about the persistent lack of sleep but I managed to totally forget to mention, and finally a list of started blog posts to let people know that persistent lack of sleep surround the birth didn’t mean I was going to have nothing new to say.

In Case You Missed This

I swear that some really important stuff happened but my memory is shot and no one submitted anything.

Things You Can Do

Good Mourning Publishing is still looking for submissions to their Shifting Hearts anthology.  If you can write a romantic short story, and do it well, now would be a good time.

Shifting Hearts is to be an anthology of short romantic fiction, in which at least one of the love interests is otherkin/therian. Any identification of otherkin or therian is accepted. No vampires, p-shifting, or paranormal themes; strictly real world depictions. […]

All gender pairings, sub-genre, and content rating are accepted for this book, but the main theme has to be romance. The word limit is a 15,000 word maximum with no minimum word count.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

Compensatory Open Thread: Language

Looks like the weekend post will probably be delayed until Monday, sorry.

Having a new nephew has me thinking about languages.  What languages would you like to have been taught from an early age?

Weekend post likewise delayed

Sorry, things have just been hectic lately.  If all goes well: Tomorrow morning.  If all does not go well: somewhat later.

Same rules I’ve used before: Since I’m late everyone else is free to be late too.  If you haven’t sent in a submission, you still have time.  Until the post is up consider yourself to have time, and if the post does go up before you send your submission in (it happened to me several times before becoming the one in charge of compiling these things made that impossible) post it as a comment and I’ll add it to the main post.

-chris the cynic

Deconstruction Round Up, April 27th, 2013

(by the Slacktiverse and others; collected by chris the cynic)

Sorry this is a day late.

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Erika M. and Will Wildman: Something Short and Snappy

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

RubyTea: Heathen Critique

Multiple Deconstructions:

Mouse: Mouse’s Musings

Omskivar: Omskivar Reviews

Philip Sandifer: TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue

Yamikuronue: Raven Wings

  • Has announced a two week hiatus

Please comment or e-mail us if we’ve forgotten anybody or you have anyone to add. Or if any links are broken, or if you’re linked to and don’t want to be, or if Latin becomes weaponized, or for more or less any reason really.

Deconstruction Round Up Delayed

(chris the cynic)

Sorry.  Hopefully get it tomorrow morning.

In the meantime I’ll give you a topic, talk amoungst yourselves.

Favorite speeches, fictional and non.  Also what makes them favorite.

On a more personal note, if anyone has a good remedy for: Toothache so bad can’t even keep focused long enough to do basic tasks, I could use that until the dentist has a chance to look at the X-ray and figure out what the hell is causing it.

Board Business, April 25th

(posted by chris the cynic)

Irregular Business

Random grab bag of information:

  • If your post doesn’t show up immediately but then does show up later, it probably got caught in the spam filter and then had to be dug out.
  • Lurkers are most definitely welcome to contribute to the weekend post, write articles, make suggestions, or whatnot.
  • I now have a nephew
  • I know there was other stuff but have forgotten.
  • Oh, on the subject of the weekend post, I know I say this in the regular business section, but I’d like to repeat it here today: The blogaround is stuff you’ve written since you last submitted.  If you’ve never submitted or it’s been a very long time since you have, that gives you a large time period from which you can, totally legitimately, select things to submit.

Regular Business

Tomorrow is Deconstruction Friday

Submission deadline for the weekend post is 20:00 EST Saturday. (Article submissions can be sent in any time.)

Anyone who has submissions for the weekend post should send them in.  Some people wonder if they really deserve to be in the post.  The answer to that is always the same: You do.  So try not to be afraid and do try to send in submissions if you have them.

The sections of the post are as follows:

The Blogaround

Any denizen of the Slacktiverse who has posted an article to their own website since they last submitted to a weekend post is invited, enticed, and cajoled to send a short summary of that article along with its permalink to the group email. That summary and link will be included in the next weekend blogaround. This will help to keep members of our community aware of the many excellent websites hosted by other members.

Remember, this is since you last submitted to a weekend post, not since the last weekend post. For example, if the last time you submitted was a month ago, everything you wrote since then is fair game.

In Case You Missed This

Readers of The Slacktiverse can send short summaries of, and permalinks to, articles that they feel might be of interest to other readers.  These should be sent, as you might expect, to the group email.

Things You Can Do

Anyone who knows of a worthy cause or important petition should send a short description of the petition/cause along with its url to the group email.

Please email all submissions to said group email address (SlacktiverseAuthors at gmail dot com). The deadline this week is 20:00 EST.

Urgent or time-sensitive announcements will be posted immediately rather than being held for the next regular Weekend Post.  But you’ll have to tell me they’re urgent or time sensitive because it’s liable to go right over my head if you don’t.

As usual this can be considered a completely open thread if you feel the need for one.

Open Thread: ’80s movies

(posted by chris the cynic)

Your favorites, least favorites, what aged well, what didn’t, whatever.

Watched *batteries not included with my sister and her new son (and sister’s friends, and mother) last night on the projector she’d set up in the incubator, window shade served as a screen.  If you were wondering where the topic came from.