Since my late teens/early twenties, I was involved with the SCA, and had a bit of a fascination with heraldry. And since I can’t sleep again, I decided to look up my family crest. When I was younger, we had it in a frame above the mantelpiece; it’s since been lost to time. So, here it is, submitted by my uncle Jerome:
It’s amusing to me that there are gold cranes on there, mostly because of Exalted. Dammit Exalted.
After looking more, I found someone had made a more appropriate crest for my family.
I can’t even describe how appropriate this is.
It’s the “Get It Out of my House” Sale: Wig Edition!
If you have any questions about any of the wigs, please message me. Preference goes to people in the Niagara Region or Toronto areas, so I can easily get them to you without dealing with shipping.
The first “Get It Out of my House” Sale can be found here.
Discalculia is a learning disability, similar to its more famous cousin dyslexia, but related to mathematical, spacial, and systematic learning. Many individuals believe that dyscalculia relates only to math, but it affects other life skills as well. Here are a few of the difficulties related to dyscalculia:
- Correctly recording numbers: dyscalculiacs will often reverse the order of numbers, switch two numbers within a string of numbers, or omit/add numbers on accident.
- Understanding mathematical terms such as square root, prime numbers, imaginary numbers, etc. (Some dyscalculiacs find geometry easier than other systems of math because it involves visible, tangible concepts like triangles.)
- Learning times tables.
- Remembering and correctly applying formulas or mathematical rules, or related forms of formulas, like symbolic logic.
- Correctly completing proportion, ratio, or percentage exercises like those necessary in chemistry.
- Converting between systems such as imperial to metric, Fahrenheit to Celsius and so on. There may also be issues such as converting between millimeters and centimeters, or using powers of ten.
- Using new systems of money.
- Managing finances.
- Reading analog clocks, using 24-hour time, or converting between time zones.
- Reading maps, giving or following directions, or determining location based on reference points. Some dyscalculiacs are able to get to a place they’ve been before based on visual memory, or using pictures or references like Google Maps to find a new place, but struggle without these visual cues.
- Some dyscalculiacs are able to use familiar landmarks to determine location in a place they’ve spent time. For example, I know that in Chicago, east is the lake and west is the suburbs, and that north (from my home) is toward the Loop while south is toward University of Chicago, and so on.
- Reading music, especially tempo and the difference between a full note, half note, sixteenth note, so on.
- Spatial orientation, such as judging distance between two objects or determining their position in relation to objects around them.
- Estimating time, such as how long it takes to get from one place to another. Accordingly, dyscalculiacs are often quite early or late to appointments because of misjudging travel time or how long it takes them to get ready.
- And others, including motor skills, geographic memory, facial and name recognition, and so on.
Because of a societal inclination toward math and the sciences, dyscalculiacs may face prejudice and presumptions about their intelligence or capability, but just like others with learning disorders, they often compensate for this lack by excelling in other subjects or finding other outlets for their interest. Thus, a dyscalculiac may be bored and frustrated in a special education class, or overwhelmed and depressed in a gifted class, while in a ‘normal’ classroom they may feel their talents and deficits are both being ignored.
As with other learning disorders, dyscalculiacs need special attention for their issues and non-judgmental, caring support to help them gain skills. Sometimes dyscalculiacs learn well with visual or kinesthetic learning more suited for their comprehension faculties.
Dyscalculiacs may seem to be intentionally obstinate and difficult in classes related to their issues; they may be seen as having a conduct disorder or being ‘willfully ignorant’. This is not the case: it’s simply that having a disorder which makes learning a certain topic hard causes frustration, resentment, guilt, anxiety, and shame. A harsh teacher ignorant of dyscalculia can make it even harder for these students to excel and gain necessary skills.
It’s great that dyslexia has gained so much attention in recent years and that teachers are becoming more sensitive to the needs of dyslexic students: let’s make that the case for dyscalculia too!
More information about dyscalculia:
Chances are if you’re following this blog, you know all this. But there are some really good links here, and it never hurts to signal boost!
i’m reblogging this because i thought for a long time i was just “bad at math” and “forgetful” — maybe some of you do, too.
To put this letter into context first, on their website they were advertising tickets as follows: “Come in out of the cold and Cuddle a Cosplayer”
Despite that being VERY skeezy, and completely against everything CONsent stands for (and though they did change it to (with consent) after a little bit of outcry) - the finer points of the discussion/controversy can be read on this article here == > FanExpo “Cuddle a Cosplayer”
Now, as a cosplayer myself I’m… offended, upset… I really don’t know. First of all you are encouraging your attendees to ‘cuddle’ us. Who knows what this entails as it is really pretty open ended and people can view ‘cuddling’ as different things. Not only are you encouraging them, you’re almost PROMISING them that they’re allowed to do so. By buying a ticket from you, you are letting them know that they are allowed to touch us. Did you email every single cosplayer to ask our permission? No of course you didn’t, that would be silly, it’s also sort of impossible. But that impossibility gives you absolutely NO right to use us in your marketing while possibly putting us at risk of some sort of sexual harassment.
Second of all, and this one is really just silly, but you used us in your marketing ploy. What should I do? I’m a cosplayer? I bought a ticket… should I go… stand in that corner over there and cuddle myself??? If you’re planning on using the amount of cosplayers that come to your convention as a draw for the General Public… maybe you should start offering some sort of discount for cosplayers, like show up in costume get $5 off.
While my second point is really just silly, over all you are treating us less than what we are. Yes we’re cosplayers, but we’re still human beings. By opening the door you have you have opened the door to so many potential problems, that of course you will never have to deal with, because you aren’t the underaged girl walking around in a pokemon costume about to be groped by an adult male who thinks she’s cute, but hey that’s okay right? FanExpo HQ said they could ‘cuddle’ a cosplayer, that’s what it said when they bought their ticket… try telling that to every young cosplayer male and female who will quit the hobby or be emotionally scarred because of conventions like you opening that door for creepers to creep and make it ok because you let them pay for that ‘right’.
are you fUCKING KIDDING ME
Be gentle with yourself
You are a child of the universe
No less than the trees and the stars
You have a right to be here
Keep peace with your soul
It’s insane how I had such a headache, and yet his voice is like a balm to my aching head…am I the only one who experiences this?
Can this be my alarm in the morning?
This game is hilarious. It’s the epitome of the 80s and every tiny bit has a reference to /something/ in the 80s: scratch n’ sniff stickers, the use of “radical” and “bogus” as qualifiers, Care Bear-like items, a mystical Trapper Keeper, a suspiciously familiar Delorean… And henchmen do the Wilhelm scream when they are defeated. Also the lead looks like Spike from G1 Transformers.
From the website: “Saturday Morning RPG is an episodic role-playing game infused with a heavy dose of nostalgia featuring influences, parodies and references to all your favorite 1980’s Saturday morning cartoons and pop culture icons! In Saturday Morning RPG you play as Martin “Marty” Michael Hall, an average high school student, who has been miraculously granted the ability to channel magic out of everyday objects. This power was gifted to him on behalf of a mysterious benefactor known only as “The Wizard”. The game takes you through various settings where you will explore and collect objects, which can then be unleashed in battle. When these objects are used in battle, a magic power rips forth from some key element of its aesthetic or nostalgic value. For example, if Marty uses a transforming robot action figure (we call them “Botchangers” for legal reasons, of course), that figure causes him to transform into a semi-truck and barrel through the enemies.”
oh gee let’s go look up some reference for cherno alpha’s feet they’re so cool
ah yes how neat i see the— wait
is thAT WHAT I THINK IT IS??//? ?? ?? ?
IM SO FUCKIG NDONE WITH EVERYTHING
THEY DIDN’T NAME IT FROM CHERNIY (BLACK IN RUSSIAN)
THEY DIDN’T NAME IT FROM CHERNOBYL
SASHA AND ALEKSIS KAIDANOVSKY NAMED THEIR FUCKING ROBOT /AFTER THE RUSSIAN DEVIL HIMSELF/
This is awesome. I love the attention to detail in this movie. The other biggest pop culture reference to Chernabog is this dude:
Today I want to talk about Polyamory because it’s something that gets brushed over and ignored quite a lot. It is also often misunderstood and seen as identical to patriarchal polygamy, and many polyamorous individuals are shamed for it.
Let’s start with what Polyamory IS. A polyamorous individual practices, desires, or accepts having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. This is NOT the same as someone who cheats on their partner. It is also distinct from swinging which emphasizes sex with others as recreational only.
Polyamory is also not the same as having commitment issues. Polyamerous individuals are fully committed to all of their partners, or to a single partner while still holding feelings for other people.
Polyamorous individuals are legitimately in love with more than one person. To them, love is not a limited commodity - in other words, they are capable of wholeheartedly loving multiple people at once. They also go against the idea that love is “scarce” and that a person can only have “one true love.” [Source] To a polyamorous person, love is abundant and unrestricted in this way.
Polyamory is in essence on the opposite end of the spectrum from aromanticism, and while how a polyamorous individual chooses to act on their feelings is within their own control, they are no more capable of not being polyamorous emotionally than an aromantic individual is capable of forcing themselves to have romantic feelings. Romantic orientation is a real thing, no more controllable than sexual orientation.
Again, it must be stressed that romantic orientation toward multiple people and cheating do not go hand in hand. Cheating is an act of breaching the trust in a relationship. Polyamory is cheating only when it’s non-consensual or multiple relationships exist without the knowledge of one or more significant others.
Kinds of Polyamorous Relationships Include:
-Polyfidelity: multiple romantic relationships with sexual contact restricted to only specific partners in the group
-Sub-Relationships: distinctions are made between primary and secondary relationships (e.g. most open marriages)
-Triad Relationships: three people who are romantically involved
-Quad Relationships: usually a relationship between a couple and another cuple
-Polygamy: in which one person marries several spouses (who may or may not be married to, or have romantic relationships with, one another)
-Mono/Poly Relationships: where one partner is monogamous but agrees to the other having outside relationships
-Open Relationships: where participants may have sexual liaisons with others not within their core group of partners. Note that some open relationships may be open only sexually, while exclusive emotionally, or even vice-versa
In all of these examples, note once again that informed consent is key in all polyamorous relationship forms.
Polyamorous groups have attempted to define a set of values for polyamorous relationships. These stress that fidelity is faithfulness to the promises and agreements made about a relationship (a secret sexual relationship that violates those accords would be seen as a breach of fidelity); emphasize respect, trust, and honesty for all partners; polyamorists often advocate explicitly negotiating with all involved to establish the terms of their relationships, and often emphasize that this should be an ongoing process of honest communication and respect; poly relationships often involve establishing specific boundaries, or “ground rules” (for instance, consultation about new relationships); gender equality is also a common value as many polyamorists do not believe in different relationship “rules” based on gender, a point of contrast with some forms of religious non-monogamy which are often patriarchically based; and finally, most polyamorous individuals and their partners place value on non-possessiveness, viewing excessive restrictions on other deep relationships as less than desirable, as such restrictions can be used to replace trust with a framework of ownership and control. [Source]
Like other sexual minorities and members of the LGBTQIAP community, polyamorous people face discrimination, misunderstanding, hatred, and contempt on a regular basis.
I suspect no one will reblog this because people don’t seem to give a shit about anyone besides the LG in LGBTQIAP. But these people exist and they matter and they are seriously discriminated against.
Having marriages with multiple partners is illegal in most places and polyamorous people are near-constantly called “sluts” and generally shamed for their feelings.
Having multiple consensual relationships doesn’t harm anyone. It doesn’t somehow ruin the sanctity of your monogamous relationship or marriage.
There’s also a huge historical precedent for polyamory.
In China, “traditional culture does not prohibit or explicitly encourage polygyny (one man, multiple women)” and “polyandry, the practice of one woman having multiple husbands, is traditionally considered by the majority Han as immoral,” however, “amongst other Chinese ethnicities polyandry existed and exists especially in mountainous areas.” [Source]
“North American Tribal marriage practices vary from tribe to tribe, but the majority of tribes practice some form of polygyny. All sexual practices can be found throughout the tribes, including polygny, polyandry, wife-swapping, premarital sex, extramarital sex, and monogamy, however it is rare that monogamy is the sole sexual practice found in any given tribe." [Source]
And when I studied Viking Age Scandinavia for my history thesis, I came across many instances of polyamorous relationships which were totally acceptable until the adoption of Christianity (and even persisted for some time after it, infuriating Church leaders).
If you’re interested in polyamorous relationships, Robert Heinlein’s 1961 book “Stranger in a Strange Land" is a highly influential work that depicts plural partnerships.
There’s a book out there for the sci-fi and literary fans that has a fantastic portrayal of a poly relationship: Triptych by JM Frey found here.
Just a very friendly reminder that there are FREE EBOOKS FOR THE HAVING this week for Smashword’s ‘Read An EBook Week”!