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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Odin's Day 
30th-Jun-2010 07:22 am
Hello to new reader tinydaisy!

State of the 'song
Major exhaustion yesterday led me to nap 'til time to leave for Diesel. Fie.

My sister is
Home from the hospital and feeling okay-ish.

Elayna is
DAY 7, Wednesday - Jordan Valley, Beit Shean
This morning, depart for a stop at Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories and observe first-hand how creams and lotions are made with minerals extracted from the Sea. Drive past Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in caves nearby. Continue north through the Jordan Valley to visit the excavations and Roman amphitheater of Beit Shean, a city mentioned in the Bible, later a Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine city which was destroyed by an earthquake in 749AD, rebuilt today as a modern Israeli city. Afterwards, proceed to Beit Alpha and visit the zodiac mosaic floor in the ancient synagogue. Continue to Tiberias for dinner at your hotel.

Link Soup
* A toy that teaches kids Braille!
* Cosplay, race, and gender.
* Gorgeous paper art.

Daily Science
Crystal memory allows efficient storage of quantum information in light.

After work, the edits I should've done yesterday, plus at least one of the poems on my docket please. Also I need to do organizational posts for Readercon and Blogathon. And I have got to touch base with my doctor about my back. And a few more scattered things - hrmph, yeah, this is going to be one of those days that I have to make a to-do list. Such is life.

Right, then. Let's get to it.
30th-Jun-2010 11:24 am (UTC)
There's been talk of crystal memory for as long as I can remember paying attention to these things.
30th-Jun-2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
*waves* Hello :) I keep seeing your name on azhure's livejournal so I thought I would take a peek!
30th-Jun-2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
Tangential to the cosplay/race/gender article, are there non-white-looking people in Shayara? I was trying to think of the linked piece in the context of SF/F writing, since SF TV and movies don't do a lot for me, and was kind of mentally going through my bookshelf and being reminded of how white, or else unmarked, it is. Oh, privilege.
30th-Jun-2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
There are. I should post about that!

I get more into issues of gender there that issues of race, because that's what would stand out to newcomers to the city - with the serial remembered reincarnation things, my characters tend to be bisexual and poly because they remember all of these different connections and desires, and they're more fluid in terms of gender identity because one is not always born into a body of the same gender. As far as race goes, if you're in Shayara at all, you're considered Dasaroi - everyone's mixed-race, because they're all Dasaroi/human. Many different types of humans, though, so you'll see (if I ever have an artist again) about the same blend you'd see in any mid-size city. It is not the magical land of all white people.
30th-Jun-2010 02:08 pm (UTC) - Cosplay and race
The discussion reminds me of the age-old debates about casting Othello. I often point people to this: http://www.thepsn.org/psn/playtitle.asp?playid=19

A production of Othello in which Patrick Stewart played Othello as the only white person in an otherwise all-black ensemble.
30th-Jun-2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Loving the trip itinerary. My inner archaelogist is living vicariously through your daughter. LOL
30th-Jun-2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Completely unrelated to your post, but since your readers seem to be very resourceful people I thought I'd ask. I'm wanting...nay, NEEDING, an icon of Michael Smith as the Doctor wearing a fez. Until that moment, he had not won me as a fair replacement for David Tennant.
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