April 29th, 2009


Odin's Day

Hangin' in. Yesterday it got up to 90 and we don't have the air conditioner in the window yet, so I was pretty much prostrate with sweaty torpor and just concentrating on breathing. Today's better - it won't top 70 the rest of the week.

Wind Tunnel Dreams and Explo Fundraising
The latter took the brainspace the former needed. I am frustrated at that; I'd had the best intentions of doing the Month of Myth, but life took over. :(

I'll dig up the pieces Elayna wrote over the weekend and post them, and then I'll try to get back on track for the remainder of the week.

Thank you for spreading the word about the raffle, by the way! I have every confidence that we'll make our fundraising goal.

New LJ look!
Major thanks to juushika for making me a Wind Tunnel Dreams/ultra_lilac layout - it's beautiful! :)

New England folks - help a kitty!
Via naamah_darling: Misty was in a stable home, but that home broke up; she's now staying with a friend who's in Section 8 housing in Medway, MA, which forbids pets. Misty needs to find a new home within a week, or their housing is at risk.

"Misty is 4 years old, female, and spayed. She has her rabies shots, but not feline leukemia or distemper. Robyn has the certification for her spay and vaccination that will go with her upon request. She's friendly, although shy around new people; she is ambivalent toward kids, she won't attack them but she tends to avoid them. She is best in a minimum-cat household . . . we had issues with her and ours, but we have several other dominant cats, and she is Very Dominant."

If you can help, e-mail naamah at gmail com and mistressnonny at gmail com.

Link Soup
Haven't had much online time, so I'm nowhere near caught up on Google Reader, but here's some:
* The two NYC cops who escorted a drunk woman back to her apartment and returned twice to rape her? Indicted. Booyah. (When we had the Clothesline Project up in South Station, we had two "I was raped by a policeman" shirts, and they were far and away the most questioned of the shirts. "Cops don't do that!" Yes. They do. For real.)
* Speaking of rape, BARCC won an award! "National Crime Victim Service Award: Honors extraordinary efforts in direct service to crime victims. Recipient: The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), Boston, Mass., for establishing itself as a model program for other rape crisis centers across the country, many of which have incorporated BARCC's programs, partnerships, and trainings into their programs."
* Free fiction! I really like the model for this... makes me want to do something like it.
* Movie trivia: Clue.

Daily Science
An international team of astronomers last week detected the most distant gamma-ray burst ever recorded, light that was emitted when the universe was less than 5 percent of its present age.

The burst, called GRB 090423 (after the date it was first seen), appears to signal the death throes of a massive star in the very early universe, just 630 million years after the big bang, according to NASA. (Current estimates peg the universe's age at around 13.7 billion years.)

I'm running a shiny new program for BARCC over at UMASS Boston this afternoon. *bounce* It's primarily a discussion group spinning out of observation of the Clothesline Project, but I expect wide-ranging questions, and I am excited. I have a planless night, and I missed socializing last night, so let me know if there are any plan-type things for tonight. :)
Elayna - Oct08

Wind Tunnel Dreams: Gojirawitz Girls Challenge: Elayna's Medusa

Elayna's WTD that was supposed to go up Friday, but she spent the day making earrings to sell for Explo instead - and thank you for buying those! She did such a great job, and had so much fun.


“I didn’t ask for this. Why would I ask for this? No one can look at me without being turned to stone. I never asked for this. I didn’t want to be shunned this way. I hate that no one can look at me. Do you have any idea how that makes me feel? You don’t. I can answer that for you. You don’t. I know that you don’t. Who would, other than me? No one knows how I feel. I didn’t ask for this.

“Do you know the tale? Well, do you? You probably do. The tale of my death. Someone learned not to look at me. A wise choice. It will most likely continue throughout the years. First, shields. Soon enough, mirrors. It’ll continue. Did they really think that I’d die? They never learn. I wish I could. They never learn that I’ll never actually die…” I’m pretty sure Medusa looked at me then, but I wasn’t looking.

“Well, I’m glad,” I told her. My voice shook in fear. “No one deserves to—”

She put her hand on my arm. I shuddered. “You’re terrified.”

“I can’t help it. I’m sorry.” One of the snakes in her hair hissed in my ear. “I… wasn’t expecting it. You know. Running into Medusa.”

Medusa paused. “I… see.”

“Well, the textbooks said—”

“I know. They said I was dead.”

I nodded. “I always wondered how they knew.”

I think she shrugged. “They didn’t, really. They don’t know much. How do they know so much about Athena’s birth? Did they just go up to Zeus and ask, ‘Hey, have you by any chance had a full-grown woman burst out of your head, fully clothed, thanks to the fact that you swallowed your wife’?”

I swallowed hard. “I-I don’t know. I guess people made it up.”

“Then tell me this. How did they manage to get it right?”

“They did?”

“Sure did.”

I shook my head. “I don’t know. I just don’t know.”

Medusa sighed, standing. “Very well. Anyway, I’d best be going. Don’t want to get caught again.”


“Yes, child?”

“Umm, I have a question.”


“…. Lawn gnomes.”

She laughed. “Wanna know how gnomes became extinct?”

“N-No thanks. I think you just answered my question anyway.”

Medusa chuckled again. “Good choice, kid. You’re fun to talk to. Maybe I’ll come back again some time.”

“Call before you do. I don’t really much like… surprises.”

“I will.” She leapt out the window, and didn’t land. She was gone.

My mother shrieked.

“What’s wrong, Ma?”

“Who in the world took our dog and left a dog statue in its place?! What a horrible prank!!”

“I don’t know, Ma.”

I like the bit about the gnomes.

I was told she'd done her "choosing of the fairest", but it's a blank document, grr. Tonight.

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