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The Devil Went Down to Georgia

And that, right there, is a shining example of why I hate McSweeney's. The smug, condescending, ignorant elitist hipsterism. The "humor" in that is supposed to be "Nobody has really thought about this before, they all took it on face value, but I really listened to it, and actually it was stupid." (And please, nobody try to tell me that that's supposed to be an "ironic" attitude. That's just meaning it but trying for plausible deniability.) The problem is that every single one of those questions can be answered by having a passing familiarity with the body of folklore that "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" comes out of and is a part of. The hipster assumes that other people are missing something -- the stupidity of the song -- but instead it is the hipster who is missing something -- the context of the song. Rather than actually go do some research and understand what's going on in the story, the hipster decides it would be really funny to turn it into a piece for McSweeney's, where they love this shit.


Scandal Amongst the Pagans: Pantheacon Fuckery and SMOWs

I've been very distracted the past couple of weeks, putting together my application for a developers' academy, getting it as right as I could. It's done now, and I'm trying to turn my mind back to writing other things.

Apparently, while I was busy, Scandals, Alarums, and Excursions have been brewing in the pagan community.

It seems like almost every year, some massive fuckery happens at Pantheacon. A couple years ago it was Z Budapest's transmisogyny, and apparently this year it was racism.
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The car is, in fact, now functional. Steph ran me out to get the battery and some other stuff. I replaced the battery myself, and I feel all butch now. Fixed the tire and changed the windshield wipers too. Look at me go.

It's a little embarrassing how much of a relief it is to not have to worry that the car might not start.

Thanks to everybody who offered, and I'm sorry I didn't get back to you. I've been under a huge amount of stress between this and the Ada application (which is finally submitted, woohoo). I'm going to do as little as possible for a couple days to try to get my head back on straight.

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votive offering animal and other figures, salt dough, air dry clay, beezwax

alexseanchai, if you want some of these at some point i'd be willing to swap

help please
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Is there anybody local who would be willing to come jump my car so I can go buy a new battery, or, if the jump fails, to drive me a couple miles to the sears to get one? I can probably replace it myself.

Anybody? Please? *looks pathetic*

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How To Weave on a Tri-loom: One Long Loop:

Weaving on a tri-loom is quite easy, but can be difficult to picture if you’re not familiar with it. There are a number of good tutorials out there, including ones with instructions for making your own and other handy information (like this and this), but I thought I’d do my own.

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Hmmm. Would it be useful to anyone for me to do a video of this?


Feel free to answer that question here rather than there. Disqus sucks.
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Some Kinda Feelings About Moths

Today, I am having Feelings about moths.

Here have an Atlas Moth:

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Gamifying
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So I've been fiddling with learning Spanish on Duolingo for a couple of weeks now. Not convinced of it efficacy as a method of actually learning to speak a language, but what the hell, it's a few minutes a day, and it's expanding my vocabulary some. I really wish they made it easier to look up grammar rules even when they're not part of the lesson you're on, because I still find the pronouns and the conjugation of soy confusing and would like tidy tables like Wheelock's Latin that I can memorize.

Anyway, if you're unfamiliar with the site, the concept it to "gamify" learning a language -- turn it into a game. So you get XP every time you do a short lesson or review a previous one, and when you level up or go on a streak you get in-game currency that can be used to do things like buy lessons in flirting. It's reasonably entertaining.

Similarly, the now-old-news HabitRPG turns to-do lists and working to establish good habits or rid yourself of old ones into a fantasy RPG. You get XP and coins and items for checking off things, you can join guilds that have challenges with specific sets of goals to check off, you forms parties to do quests (which mostly consist of collecting particular item drops). You get mana points and use them to cast spells that help with quests. You get pets and mounts and outfits and things. It's kind of fun, and even sort of useful. I played with it before, then went off it for months because we lost internet at home. Now I'm getting back into it.

If anybody is already on one of these or wants to try it out and wants to find me on it, I am, as usual, MadGastronomer in both places.

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Teeny Tiny Triangles



Way back April, I talked about the esoteric possibilities of small triangle looms, weaving prayers or spells into small pieces. Well, I finally had a little cash and found a small tri-loom for under $15 on Etsy. (It was sold as a 4”, which is the length of the legs rather than the hypotenuse. Odd, the big ones are measured by the hypotenuse.) When it arrived, I grabbed some spare yarn from the stash (my sadly depleted stash: moths got in, but this was treated to keep them off), and dove in.
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Cakes for Kalends at Ariadne and Arachne
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A podcast that does radio plays of ancient Greek and Roman plays.

Anybody want to do such a thing with me?

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