Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong

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Happy birthday to pkthunder!

Hello to new readers emma2403 and lmarley!

My cold is about 90% gone... the cough lingers. The big issue today is the tendonitis. And I can't find my squeezy therapeutic fingerless gloves. :(

Remember to make your donation!

Fellow Blogathonners, what were your totals? I'd like to post them in the list-post and kvell about how much we all rock.

Office Progress
Lots of it! Packed up a box that's been taking up a big chunk of the floor space for months. Must finish my BPAL Switch Witchee's last box,then it's off to the post office with that and the last of the Blogathon auctions.

Between that box and finally unpacking some statues that had been sitting, boxed, on my office floor, you can actually walk through my office now. Yay! Next stop: my desk.

Link Soup
* TaskPaper: For Mac users who want a simpler way to create lists. TaskPaper is a simple to-do list application that helps you stay organized. Unlike competing applications, TaskPaper is based on plain text files which offer you paper-like simplicity and ease of use.

* Animated steampunk mecha battle. Dude. Plus a bunch of other fun movie links and lists.

* Excellent post by haikujaguar.

* As part of the Tate Modern’s current exhibition, Global Cities, on display in the gallery’s vast Turbine Hall, is a series of intriguing “density models”. The plywood structures were created by a team of designers and architects at the London School Of Economics, led by Professor Richard Burdett. The models are shaped around the outlines of each city, with each layer of plywood representing an extra 200 people per square kilometre. …“To create the models, we calculated a 3D surface representing residential density in each city and then extracted the contour lines for those with Geographic Information System software,” explains the LSE team’s Bruno Moser. “Those were then processed by modelmakers Pipers, cut and assembled.”

* The Visual Dictionary: The Visual Dictionary is a collection of words in the real world. Photographs of signage, graffiti, advertising, tattoos, you name it, we're trying to catalogue it. Help them out!

* Hotel built completely out of blocks of salt.

* The Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow, Poland, is the world’s oldest salt mine - in fact, it’s the only mining site in the world that has operated continuously since the Middle Ages...The mine is deep and long: it reaches a depth of 327 meters (1,072 feet) and has over 300 km (186 mi.) of tunnels and shafts. Many of its chambers are decorated and fashioned into chapels, complete with amazing artwork sculpted from the very rock salt that made the mine.

Daily Science
A reef of glass sponges, creating a deep-sea oasis 650 feet below the surface, was discovered for the first time in U.S. waters off the Washington coast. The sponges are so rich with marine life that scientists call them "a kindergarten or living hotel." All variety of baby organisms thrive among the reef of yellow and orange sponges, which look something like hollowed-out, supersized Cheetos. These "Manhattans of the sea floor" house a diversity of starfish, crabs, shrimp, rockfish, worms and snails.

Researchers didn't even think the oxymoronic structures - sponges made of glass that form reefs - even existed anymore. Captured in the fossil record, they were thought until fairly recently to have gone extinct 100 million years ago. They were supposed to have been squeezed out by the arrival of microscopic marine algae that began gobbling up the glassy silica the sponges need to build their skeletons. Instead, the crafty creatures went to depths too dark for the tiny plants - but not so deep that they couldn't get enough oxygen. There, the 1½-foot-tall single-celled organisms built reefs.

Daily BPAL

Singing Moon: Moonlight over grave grass, meadowsweet, marsh hellebore, rock sea-lavender, Irish Lady's-tresses, melancholy thistle, and wood bitter-vetch, with the scent of autumn fires in the distance, sprayed by wind howling over the Atlantic.

In bottle: A strong, sweet herbal with a touch of sea air.

On me: A cave just on the waterline, and me inside it, sea-slick stone and plant life. Gorgeous.

The Emathides: Gleaming eyes, screeching voices, glistening wings: black amber, black orchid, black currant, olive blossom, wood violet, lavender, blue musk, rose attar, and cedar.

In bottle: Thick and sweet - mostly currant and musk, I think.

On me: Rapidly loses its thick sweetness. Goes flat. :(

Virgo: Mutable earth: the essence of analysis.
Fennel, valerian, maidenhair fern, carrot seed, honeysuckle, and myrtle.

In bottle: More sweet! Fennel! Carrot!

On me: Oh, and there's the fern! Sweet planty scent, a good complement to Singing Moon. This is a fresh, sunny garden. :)

*updates swap/sale post*

Curves. I missed a whole week of exercise to sleep-dep and that nasty cold.
Target for organizational-type stuff.
Continuing the housecleaning.
Two nuggets for the Shayara website.
Finish Blogathon maintenance stuff and set it aside for next year.

feste_sylvain and I were talking about my morning post habit (he likes it). I mused that it's really an attempt to keep some structure in my homebound, amorphously-scheduled life. It gives me a clear starting point for my day.
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