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October 11th, 2011

Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

October 10th, 2011

Friend in need

A friend of mine has been trying to write a theatre-style live-action roleplaying game (she has experience in this) but her idea turned out not to work and she's writer's-blocked.

Can anyone throw some words her way to give her some ideas? She's not looking for joke words, but for things that could potentially make a good game.

July 13th, 2011


Luke fon Fabre
I just realized that I don't think I've ever personally met a trans POC.

I'm also now wondering why the POC population in the LARP community is so low compared to what it statistically should be. Is it just that the colleges where most LARPers get their start are disproportionately white? (Pretty sure Brandeis is, as it's largely Jewish.)

July 8th, 2011


Part of me --
Part of me is positive that the proper spot
(which I haven't yet found)
needs only a gentle touch, a subtle twist of the fingers,
and an opening would gently part,
a disc of skin recess and slide aside,
and slip beneath the shell of flesh
and unveil an inner world
governed by the click-tick, the sigh of steam,
the subtle hum of clockwork
perfect in its timing
perfect in its accuracy
perfectly redly oiled
in every part seen and unseen.

And there would be no pain to it,
no sense of alarm or wrongness
in the commonsense action conducted
in the maintenance cycle
of the creation of science and artifice
the triumph of the human will
and mind and thought and sweat
over the failures and ephemerality
the eccelesiastical abreality
random and inscrutable
admitting no theorem
tolerating no consistency
the mathematics of misery
and death upon death upon death.

And having assured myself
of the power of steel and wire
a gentle touch upon an exposed edge
the slightest pressure to convey my desire
and chest and arm and leg would slide
and lock precisely into place
panels concealing
hatches resealing
hiding again from the world
the triumph I know myself to represent
over the injustices of time
and chance
and static reality.

I pick up a magazine and flip to the ads at the back.
Maybe I'll order myself a new haircut next week.

-- Cynthia Cooper

Copyright © 2011 Cynthia Kira Cooper. All rights reserved.

June 25th, 2011

Oh! Great! This book looks promising. I'm not precisely running a "furry" game, but this is a dozens-and-dozens-of-sentient-races game and I'd like to have anthropomorphics in it. Kitsune, rakasta, ratlings, that sort of thing. Maybe with this book I can give my players some more variety.

Huh. Weird. No Mustelidae, just a sidebar telling you to use the Rodentia rules. I ... don't think that works. And I doubt I'd be able to use the Cetacea rules for Chelonia, either. Shame, because turtle-people were pretty high on my list.

I don't think "Lovecraftia" is a genus ... I mean, you can get away with Draconis, but ...

Why are they using number of breasts as an example here? And, um, I think you meant to call the hypothetical six-breasted woman a "fertility goddess," not a "sex goddess."

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THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS, PEOPLE. There is NO indication in this book's title or description that it's intended for furry fetishists. I can't be the only person who picked this up looking for Spellsinger type anthropomorphics for a PG-and-even-that's-only-for-violence campaign.

All I wanted were badger-people and things, sheesh ...

June 23rd, 2011


I need one GM to assist me for Ode to Billie Joe (Friday night slot) and Before the Next Dawn (Saturday night slot). Your job is to stand and answer questions.

There are no plots to run. No NPCs to portray. No rules to learn. All you have to do is 1) read the game carefully and 2) show up. I fully expect the extra GM to be completely superfluous in both games.

Experienced applicants only, please. Comments will be screened. I'll look over the offers and choose the most appealing.

Incidentally: I may or may not have a leather quilt composed of the hides of people who offered to help me run a game and then didn't show up. If I do have such an item please do not make me add to it. Thank you.

Signal boosts appreciated!
One possible playable version of the Jumi from Legend of Mana.


The Jumi are a dying race, the last remnants of a once-mighty civilization. In ages past, the Jumi numbered in the tens of thousands and wielded considerable magical power, particularly in the areas of healing and protection. They functioned largely as artisans and healers-for-hire; Jumi-made weapons and armor were of great beauty and took enchantment easily. Every Jumi had the power of healing, passing their own life force on to others.
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June 15th, 2011


White sushi rice

3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 c. tomatoes, diced and drained
1/4 c. collared greens, chopped
1 T. fresh parsley, chopped
1 t. salt
Olive oil for sauteeing

1/3 medium zucchini, sliced into rounds

Grated pecorino romano

Start rice and put on 3/4 c. water in a Dutch oven to boil. Prepare all ingredients as listed above. Place zucchini in steamer basket when water reaches a boil and close Dutch oven.

Fry salted garlic in heated olive oil in a large pan until just starting to brown. Stir in tomatoes and sautee. When tomatoes are soft add collared greens and parsley. Sautee into submission. Add salt to taste.

When zucchini begins to look clear, turn off heat.

In a shallow bowl place a layer of rice, arrange zucchini rounds, and add tomato mixture as a topping. Sprinkle with grated romano and serve.

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Originally posted by kythryne at internet powers, activate!:

Okay, people. I need you to take this viral, and fast.

We know someone in upstate New York who needs a good custody lawyer ASAP. I'm not at liberty to go into details publicly, but this woman is very afraid that her abusive boyfriend is going to get sole custody of her young child. She's presently being represented by a court-assigned lawyer who doesn't seem to care about the case, and she has very few resources left at this point. Her next hearing is on Thursday.

If you know a good lawyer in New York State who might be willing to take this case for a low fee or pro bono, or at least offer her advice or support, please let me know. If you don't know anyone, please repost this far and wide. As a mother and an abuse survivor, it makes me absolutely sick to my stomach to contemplate a child being left in the hands of an abuser.

I can be reached at kythryne@gmail.com if you have any leads or want to help.

The internet can work miracles. Let's go.

May 6th, 2011

Originally posted by afro_dyte at how to help my show without spending money
As you probably know by now (and are sick of me squeeing about), a full production of my play, Tulpa, or Anne&Me is premiering here in NYC this June as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. What's great about PCTF is that they're an eco-friendly festival that's also about raising awareness (and money) for various causes. I'm doing my show to raise awareness for The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, a grassroots organization dedicated to undoing racism. Hopefully, at least one person per performance (4 people total) will attend one of the People's Institute's Undoing Racism workshops.

One of the results of finding this out in mid-April is that we have 6 weeks to do what people with some sense would take 6 months or so to do. People have to wear a few hats to get stuff done, but I'm good because I keep busy and feel creative and useful.

Among the many things on my To Do list is reaching out to people to spread the word about the show. So we had someone cook up a lovely little e-postcard you can pass around to your friends and co-workers, who can pass it along to their friends/co-workers, and so on. Isn't she adorable?

I know that not everyone lives in the center of the world NYC, so getting friends to come see with the show with you is not an option. Nevertheless, there are still some things you can do. For example:
  • Follow the main character on Twitter (Afrodyke) and bring your followers along
  • Reach out to 3 blogs and/or LJ comms with readers in NYC (including yours!)
  • If you're going to be in NYC, come see the show and bring a friend (or 10).
In the midst of extolling my artistic virtues (brilliant, creative, genius, blahblahblah), remember to tell them why it means a lot to you that this work is happening. Here's our promo video (and a link to our IndieGoGo page) to help.

Update: The date & venue for the video are incorrect, as you can tell by the updated e-postcard.

BTW, don't forget to mention the People's Institute.

Thanks for your help.
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