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Meme In A Box

vectored from gridlore, elynne, and others…

“So, say you were meeting a new person–blind date, new friend, who knows. And you wanted them to have some idea of what kind of person you are, and who you are. But you can’t actually tell them in so many words. Instead, you have to give them a box, with a dozen things in it for them to look at/read/listen to/taste/whatever. “What would you put in the box? And a copy of your journal or a link to your LJ would be the same thing as just telling them directly, yourself, so that’s not allowed.”

Hrm. Interesting. Off the top of my head, i’d pack that box with the following:

  1. A set of polyhedron dice
  2. A copy of “Winter’s Tale” by Mark Helprin
  3. A copy of my filkbook
  4. A recording of my OVFF concert set. (Or some other set of me singing)
  5. A copy of Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” (yes, all 10 volumes)
  6. A copy of Screen Door’s “Greener” CD
  7. A box of really good chocolate
  8. A copy of telynor‘s cd, “Box of Fairies”, which I helped record
  9. A membership to Gafilk, so they can come see all my zany friends
  10. A photo album of various conventions i’ve been to, including photos of me with each of my current sweeties
  11. A cd collection of 80s new wave music
  12. A copy of the quotations file from my webpage.

Wonderful Weekend

Wow, I’m almost caught up to the present. I don’t know what I’ll do then. Write about current events, I guess. 🙂

NEW SONG: The Last March of Gondor

I had refrained from posting this song yet, as I didn’t have a title I liked for it. I’m not 100% sure this is the best title either, but it’s the best one I’ve come up with so far, and at some point, you have to set your children free upon the world.

This song was inspired by a typo. telynor was discussing tracks which will be on the forthcoming Three Weird Sisters album, and made an interesting keyslip, referring to a well known Echo’s Chidlren song they have covered as “Least of My King”. It floated into my brain and connected with my muse, and the beginnings of this came out.

kitanzi and I batted it back and forth in e-mail, and by the end of the day, we had a song. (Thus proving to us that we could actively write songs together! This one’s our first!) Feedback from others, especially telynor and cflute, was helpful in tweaking it and making it better. We debuted it at Boskone to an enthusiastic response (and thanks to ladyat for the bodhran accompaniment!)

To set the scene, imagine the mustering of the troops after the Battle of Penlinor Fields, as Aragorn prepares to lead the Armies of the West to Mordor’s Gate.

Gay marriage

A lot of people are writing a lot of things about the whole gay marriage issue. I considered adding my voice, but to be honest,

a) the whole issue leaves me baffled and weary, and
b) Others have said almost everything I want to say anyway

So instead, here’s a link to a few of the better thoughts I’ve read on the issue recently:

Bob Harris posting in Tom Tomorrow’s blog

Three good entries in a row by John Scalzi:
Pictures of People’s Souls

rmjwell on how to talk to and understand opponents.

and finally, Mark Morford at his irreverant best.

In the end, I know, know in my heart, that this too shall pass, and that we will take one more brave step towards enlightenment and away from ignorance and bigotry. It will take time, and there will be suffering, and we will sometimes wonder if it will happen in our lifetime, but we will move forward and we will see a better world ahead of us, because the only weapons they have is fear and hate. Our weapon is love, and it is mightier than theirs.

NEW SONG: Somewhere On the Windows Server

My friend Jeff and I were having a silly conversation on AIM, which involved, as is often the case for us, snippets of silly song lyrics. Often, these are just laughed at and passed on, but sometimes they actually take on a life of their on.

This is a mood piece, much like the song it parodies. I may still tweak a word here or there, but it more or less wrote itself between us.

Magnetic Poetry

One of the things that kitanzi got me for Valentine’s Day was some magnetic poetry sets. We had picked up a special set from Dragon*Con a couple of years ago that had a limited set of fannish words, but we’d never gotten the base sets in order to have enough words to really play with. So they sat unused on the fridge for a long while.

To the fannish set, we’ve now added the Original set and the Erotic set, allowing for all manner of naughty thoughts to be formed. And after aiela put the idea in my head, we relocated all the magnets to the back of the front door, in order to have space to work.

It’s kind of fun to just scan over the words and see which ones your brain wants to put together. Almost Zen in practice…

Boskone (Sunday and Monday)

Wrapping up the weekend, there was music, food, more music, yet more music, good conversation, good snuggles, and all around a great time.

Welcome to the World

I have other things I want to write about, including wrapping up my Boskone report and talking about this weekend. But right now, there’s something just a bit more important to say.

Welcome to this spinning globe, Grace Batya Rivkis. May you discover it’s wonder in your time, and make your mark upon it. We are all of us blessed to live in the time that you arrived.

Boskone (Saturday)

In which we actually make it to some of the convention, plus venturing out to Harvard Square to see a really good concert.

Wonderful weekend (Friday)

Time spent with far-away sweeties, catching up with friends, great food, a marvelous concert, making music, meeting people previously known only online, and love…

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