January 17th, 2011

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Hero/villain lair secrecy.

I'm reading this article called 5 Reasons Why There Must Be Corpses Under The Batcave, which asks just how in the Hell Batman could have made the batcave without a ton of people knowing about it and ratting him out to the cops or to his enemies, or both. And it really makes you think.

It also made me think if the same kinds of concerns could be applied to Lyria and her fortress. But I thought about it, and no. I doubt it. She's a sorceress living on a huge freaking planet where magic users are basically the only people who can travel around the whole thing, and she also has the ability to travel to other planets, even other universes and dimensions. She could get her labor from literally anywhere, like having the place be built by a tribe of mute demons who communicate telepathically and whose telepathy doesn't work on normal humans. Or she could make an army of golems or something to build it.

Even assuming she used local human labor, she has the power to reach into people's minds and erase their memories. Oh, and she has a machine that can inload new data; she could alter their memories if she needed to.

Regardless of where she got her labor, if she thought they would talk, and their minds were resistant to her powers, she could kill them as fast as blinking, and wouldn't even have to bury the bodies. Hell, if their minds were resistant to her powers during life, she could kill them, reprogram their minds, and bring them back to life. But she likes to "cheat," IE to use her own personal power as little as possible, so she would take the route that was easiest, IE labor from a long way away, possibly another universe.

Also, it's not like she'd need a lot of secrecy with the bare bones of the fortress itself. The physical building itself only takes up about and acre or two of land. But she used magical knowledge given to her by a Fae friend, and so the fortress is alive, it's a knowe. And that means it's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. The inside expands to suit the whims of the people it houses, and could potentially house, feed, and clothe a few million people before it couldn't stretch anymore. And she would have had to do a lot of other modifications herself anyway. There are aspects to the fortress, not even counting the expansion, that no human laborers, wherever you got them from, could do - things only a powerful sorceress can do.

So no, she wouldn't need to kill anyone.

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Cyborg velociraptor by Djinni

I think I'm in a reading cycle again at last.

I go in cycles, where reading is concerned. It's something I inherited from Mom. There's non-reading cycles, where I can't get interested in anything; and then there's reading cycles, where I read a lot. I think I'm finally coming out of a non-reading cycle and into a reading cycle. I've already read "Side Jobs" by Jim Butcher, "Guardian of the Isis Light" by Monica Hughes, and now I've gotten through re-reading 1/4th of Greg Bear's "Darwin's Radio" book. I plan to go on from there to re-read "Darwin's Children," then "Blood Music," both my Greg Bear. But before I do, I need to read "The guardian of Isis" by Monica Hughes. When I've read all these, I want to re-read "Invitation To The Game" by Monica Hughes, then read some books I bought at the local Border's before it went out of business: "Anacaona Golden Flower", "The Geography of Girlhood" by Kirsten Smith, and "Quofum" by Alan Dean Foster.

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Writer's Block: Living in the limelight

Do you think parents should have the right to post public pictures and videos of their children on the Internet? Why or why not?
For the record, this question is stupid. Parents have the right to do with their kids' pictures as they like, assuming there is no abuse going on in the pictures. That said, I do object for various reasons to a couple things:

1. Endless streams of pictures of one's infant(s). Seriously, give it a rest already, no one gives a shit. You will not find a soul outside your family who gives even the tiniest particle of shit about seeing your infant or toddler. Infants all look alike unless they're related to you by blood; only then can you tell the difference. I'm serious! With a few exceptions, and ignoring skin color, all infants have the exact same face, and it is a hideous one. As to how blood relatives can tell the difference... I don't know how that shit works, it just does. Some kind of magic, I suspect. But I know it works, for a fact, because I can recognize baby pictures of myself and my sister.
Toddlers aren't much better; one toddler is much like any other toddler unless it's got most of the same genes you do.
Further, I cannot understand why people think infants and toddlers are cute. They aren't. They're ugly, helpless, they drool, they piss whenever and wherever, and they shit moldy Grey Poupon. They are not cute at all. Again, unless they're blood relatives. Then again, perhaps I'm just a mutant. Or perhaps my Otherkin status affects me. Ah'Koi Bahnis babies don't look like that coming out, and they can walk and talk within a few hours of being born.

2. Child beauty pageants. That shit should be illegal, I am not even joking. It's absolutely disgusting. Children do not need to be wearing makeup, and certainly not the gods-awful levels of makeup they put on kids at these pageant things. They put so much makeup on these kids that they no longer look human! Seriously, watch "Little Miss Sunshine" sometime, and when you get to the scenes where they're actually at the pageant, compare Olive to the other girls. The girls they had in those scenes were so horrifying I think I actually vomited a little in my mouth. This is supposed to make your kid prettier? I'm sorry, but it's doing the exact opposite: I've seen prettier turds coming out of my ass. I would rather look at pictures of gruesome crime scenes than at some of these beauty pageant kids.

Writer's Block: Free your mind

Do you believe society will ever truly overcome racism?
Yes. But it might be replaced by something else. In my Mindeodean storyverse, racism by skin color has been replaced by species-ism, different species of humans feeling like they're superior to others. And it's not limited in its scope, either: you have the hate-full Brotherhood of Homo Sapiens Sapiens (AKA terran-types), but you also have places like the Sharavian Oligarchy, where the species of humans on Sharavia keep Homo Sapiens Sapiens as slaves, among other things. And my character Telrenni, a Mindeodean, gets species-based racism from some of the other Mindeodeans because her white skin and blond hair (a rarity among Mindeodeans) reminds some Mindeodeans of terran-type humans.
Elle reading

Questionable comments meme

Glommed from kengr:

1. If I looked on your bed right now, what would I find?
pillows, cushions, sheets, a fleece throw, a fleece blanket, and Dakota Bear. Oh, and *right* now, there would also be a Hostess strawberry roll still in the package, and a sippy cup. (Hey, it seals well and water only comes out of the sippy part when I suck on it. It's convenient! And I'm an age play little.)

2. Do you go to the bathroom with the door open or closed?
depends on who's here.

3. Are your clothes ironed?
[hysterical laughter]

4. Sleep on your back or stomach?
I roll around a lot in my sleep, mostly during moments of partial wakefulness.

5. Are you a cuddler?
I cuddle humans when I get the chance to. Kind of hard to cuddle things like rattlesnakes or tigers.

6. Are you single?

7. Does someone love you?
My Deities and the other people in my head, if no one else.

8. What were you doing before this survey?
Eating chicken nuggets.

9. What will you do after the survey?
No idea. Either read or futz around on the computer.

10. Marriage or living together?
Neither. I drive myself insane as it is, other people I drive insane too.

11. What shirt are you wearing now?
Cream colored blouse.

12. Do you believe in love?

13. Do you de-label your beer bottles?
No. I don't drink beer. I don't de-label any bottles though, on account of you need them to get the 5 cents back.

14. Do you talk about your feelings or hide them?
If by "talk" you mean type, yes. Otherwise, no.

15. Is there something you regret and wish you could take back?
Many things.

16. First thing you do when you wake up?
Turn off the alarm.

17. What are you excited for?
The end of winter.

18. Do you like the beach?
Not in this weather!

19. Who's the last person you texted?

20. Do you hate someone?

21. Do you tend to rip the paper off water bottles?
Again, if you do that, you can't get the deposit back.

22. When you shut off your alarm clock, do you tend to fall back asleep?
Yes. Even though I have it on the other side of the room. I think in order for me to never go back to sleep after an alarm, it would have to make me chase it around the room and out the door. Which wouldn't be a good idea, since I generally sleep nude.

23. If you were given the chance to take care of a monkey for a weekend, would you?
Doesn't George W. Bush have his wife to take care of him?

24. What is the current advertisement on the side of the screen?
None. I have a paid account, beeyotches! BOOYAH!

25. What are you looking forward to in the next few months?
Getting out of the house more, into warmer weather.

26. When will you turn 50?
In 2032.

27. Are you ticklish?
VERY. It used to be that even the threat of being tickled made me ticklish.

28. Where do you wish you were right now?
Either counting my lottery winnings, or discovering a two-way portal to Traipah.

29. What song are you currently listening to?
The computer is humming, but beyond that, nothing. I was listening to Godsmack earlier.

30. Have you ever passed out from drinking?
No. Most alcohol I ever had at one time was two tiny glasses of Mike's, and all that did was make my stomach feel weird.

31. Do you believe in cheating?
At what?

32. What time did you wake up this morning?
Morning? Ha! Today, because my sleep has been so utterly fucked up lately, I woke up at 6 PM.

33. Do you have any cousins?

34. What makes you smile?
Lots of things.

35. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

36. Are you happy?

37. Are you hungry?
Not at the moment, because my tummy is full of chicken and BBQ sauce.

38. What was your dream last night?
I don't recall the details. It was weird, that's all I can tell you for sure.

39. Do you like to shop?
Yes. So many things to buy, never enough money.

40. What side of the heart do you draw first?
Fuck if I know.

41. Can you dive without plugging your nose?
Better question would be "can you dive?" or "can you swim?" Because I don't know how to swim. I can't even float.

42. What color is your razor?

43. What is your blood-type?
How the fuck should I know? Needles are my sworn enemy.

44. Who would you want to be tied to for 24 hours?
I wouldn't.

45. What is a rumor someone has spread about you?

46. How do you feel about carrots?
The poor woman's starter dildo.

47. How many chairs are at the dining room table?
Don't have a dining room. Or a dining room table.

48. Which is the best Spice Girl?
Mace Spice, she'll always make you cry. ;-)

49. Do you know what time it is?
23:50 PST

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