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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I live in a university neighborhood. There’s a custom bookcase maker here that makes cases that wear like iron and hold anything. They look pretty simple and austere and plain, but man, are they strong.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Should not be possible. A well-constructed bookcase should be able to handle the weight of as many books as can be placed in and on it.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Last month someone asked my daughter and her Youtube partner if they would send some autographed art to a young heart patient and they did because of course, and now we have been sent two containers of homemade cookies.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Happy anniversary, @redambrosia!!!
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    Getting to Know You July 2019

    That was the day of the Kent State Massacre. I assume you were part of the nationwide protests that day of Nixon’s ramping up the Vietnam War, and good for you. Seemed like all of my parents’ friends were off to the protests. One of my earliest memories is Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Ohio” coming out just in time for my fourth birthday, the next month. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TRE9vMBBe10
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I think buglips’ analysis misses some factors. There are many ways people can be disruptive, but we can also work together to make spaces where people can talk to each other, swap ideas, relax and educate. One of my children has a YouTube channel like that, and the community there is tremendous. (I didn’t realize YouTube comments could be toxic until I started looking at some other channels.) The main thing that seems necessary is respect, not necessarily of ideas, but of people. Where the internet fails is where people are not reined in from their worst impulses of demonizing and scapegoating other people. Even places where microaggressions are tolerated, excused, or brushed aside seem to inevitably become worse and worse places to be, until everything starts to look hopeless. There needs to be moderation, and the moderation needs to have the power to remove disruptive elements from the community, whether temporary or permanent (and every decent place on the internet I’ve enjoyed hanging around on has a case-by-case philosophy so that even “permanent” bans may be overturned if the bannee shows change and willingness to change). All the good places I hang around allow challenges of ideas and perceptions - human conversation and variety of opinion, in other words. And those places are always dynamic, always changing. The best places do not seem to be free-for-alls. They have pretty solid moral underpinnings, and a lot of human oversight. People are allowed to disagree, but not to dehumanize. It seems to work. I’ve been pretty open about being a Big Ol’ Leftie with an urge to make the world a better place for everyone. I don’t always live up to my ideals and I recognize that there are people who consider even those ideals dangerous - or possibly the way I pursue them, I’m not sure. I do know that civilization requires constant maintenance, tinkering, and the mindful work of a lot of people of goodwill. It’s never going to be automatic - automatic always leads to toxicity. I also know that that work is necessary. Retreating into despair and hermitage only leads to disaster for everyone. I don’t have answers because answers implies finality, and this is a process that is never done. On the other hand, if we work at it we can make good places to be human among humans for a time, and given the history of humanity that is in itself not a bad thing.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I’m involved in a writers’ forum (PingosHusband is a pro) that has weathered things. It is not the most active of forums. I think much of the time it gets about 100 new posts a day, and has for most of the time I’ve been there. But for the most part the posters are thoughtful and the moderators on it. I’m also involved in an rpg board that has an astonishingly welcoming community. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a large proportion of women gamers anywhere. What both of these have in common is a relatively large pool of moderators who are communicative with the membership and try to be transparent in their decisions. The sites are also neither of them willing to put up with trolling or abusive behavior. And - get this - they both allow discussion of political issues, dissent even, so long as the participants are civil to each other - real civil, not dancing-around-the-rules-daggers-drawn civil - and evidence-based. And they will ban people, even longtime members, even moderators, if they violate these precepts. And it works. Both sites are chugging along. Sometimes I worry about the writers’ forum being fairly quiet, but then it has remained at this level for a long while and is still going. Also it has some quite stellar members from the professional end, so eh, maybe it’s okay.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I almost missed this meant me! Thanks!
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    Weekend Paints

    Fun! Also: I read this as "space craft."
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    How to shade Pink

    I can’t say for absolute certain, given the vagaries of monitor colors, but casting an eye Reaper paint colors I would probably pick out 9425 Icy Violet, 9024 Amethyst Purple, or even 9165 Dark Elf Highlight. That last one looks like a good subtle mauve to me.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Mann, I never noticed how cool the detailing is on the brass mounting of our front door knob. The house is about 130-140 years old. The door hardware is original. I’m doing an exact scale architectural drawing in preparation for using it in a painting. The door is eight feet tall! The outside hardware is weathered to black. The inside has been gooped over with so much paint it looks like melting wax. But the part with the actual latch in has only one coat of paint on and you can still see the details. .
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    How to shade Pink

    I generally shade pink with lavender or a tanned skin color, depending on whether I want it to look cool or warm. Much of the time I do this by mixing the colors so they’ll harmonize better. So I would mix some of your pink with some of the shade color and then shade.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Welp. The heavens have opened buckets here.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I saw the big black Goth man walking his tiny fluffy white dog again this morning. I love my neighbors.
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    Understanding Brown and Grey

    My favorite grey is a mix of a brown and a blue (Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue) plus white. I like to mix greys out of complementary or near-complementary colors, usually beginning with some intensely colored earth tone which could fairly be called brown. It makes or more interesting colors than straight black and white. Mix Burnt Umber with enough white and you’ll get a warm grey. The only thing that makes one brown and one grey is how much white it has in it. And context (the lighting and the colors around it) can shift perception of which is which. The visual cues that make a texture “read” as leather are independent of color, and mostly apply to worn leather (shiny new leather is difficult to distinguish from other shiny textures). These include: A somewhat mottled background texture, more intense / darker color in seams and protected areas, considerably lighter color on high worn points, and possibly a little staining anywhere it is frequently handled.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    “Also available on 5 1/4” “
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Was a little disappointed that I misread a vanity plate. Thought it said WERERAT. It said WHRFRAT.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    It’s always hard when someone you love is ill, especially when you can’t explain to them what’s going on. My sympathies.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Okay, no direct links, cuz commercial, but if you go to redbubble-dot-com and go to slash-people-slash-achronalart that's me and you can see the pen-and-ink drawing I was talking about. It's called "Fae Riders."
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Yeah, I decided to go with "yes" as probably the more ethical route. I also disabled the "children's shirts" for this one.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Err. If I'm posting a picture (not here, on a print-on-demand t-shirt site) and it includes an elf riding a horse and neither of them is wearing a stitch but due to angles and stuff nothing is showing either, should I label it "adult material"? I feel like people looking for pinups with their bits hanging out would be disappointed in my staid ol' piece of classicism.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    He’s a total sweetheart irl and he’s super supportive. Have you read “Terminal Alliance,” the first book in his Janitors of the Apocalypse series? It’s hilarious.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    About thirty years ago, interestingly enough, was when I gave up on science fiction fandom and conventions because the groping culture made me so uncomfortable. ... Only to come back a few years later when PingosHusband’s book won some awards and garnered attention. Attending cons as a pro, or at least as the family of a pro, was a lot safer.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Ehhh, just that Asimov was part of that merry band of gropers, assaulters, and jokesters who made the science fiction profession and fandom so miserable for women and girls for so long. His vouching for someone’s character counts for less than nothing. To quote Jim C. Hines,
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    If it’s the 90s doesn’t that mean he should stick to grunge?
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