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Odin's Day 
7th-Jul-2010 07:24 am
Happy birthday to merovingian and n2mlq!

State of the 'Song
Ugh, too hot to sleep upstairs last night - and I don't sleep well downstairs. So. Tired.

EDIT: Also, discovered yesterday that I am currently so sensitized to soybean oil that I get the tingling, numbness, hives, et cetera just from kissing someone who's been eating popcorn with butter-flavored topping. I am not in favor of this.

Okay. Comments to last night's post has led me to believe that constructing a site with the necessary functionality is within our grasp - not mine personally, but once I was told what programs would be necessary to make it go, I knew who to ask. So we are actively investigating that, and should have more information by the end of the day on whether we can swing it. Essentially, time is the factor. We'll definitely have it up for next year. If we have it up in the next few days, we can work it this year, but that's scant time. If you've ever done blogathon or sponsored anyone and remember stuff about the site functionality, please go to last night's post and chime in!

My running total right now is $100 - thank you, perldiver! Sponsor me!

Anyone has Access I can install on my netbook so I can run my auction site directly? I'm not doing eBay because they take three big bites out of the payment, and I'm not doing an LJ auction because people don't reply in-thread and it all gets screwed up. gardenfey whipped me up an automated auction program, yay.

Unrelated to Anything
I never had a crush on Colin Farrell until I watched Ondine yesterday. Oh, my. Is it the hair? The accent? The graceful aging? The being an onscreen dad? The selkie story? I don't know, but ooohshiny.

Link Soup
* Huh. Interesting legal development re: polyamory.
* Tales of the elements.
* I want to make one.

Daily Science
Clusters of heated, magnetic nanoparticles targeted to cell membranes can remotely control ion channels, neurons and even animal behavior, according to a paper published by University at Buffalo physicists in Nature Nanotechnology.

swashbucklr's giving me a ride home from work again today, yay. Brutal heat is no fun. Today's pretty much my last chance to get any concentrated work done on Cicatrix, so that has to be my focus. Hopefully tonight I'll have Blogathon-backend stuff to poke at, and I need to work up a list of last year's short fiction to discuss at the relevant panel at Readercon. At least not staying at the hotel means I won't need to pack.
7th-Jul-2010 11:40 am (UTC)
Ok, the forum board could probably be created using phpBB, which is pretty much a turn-key solution.

the blogs, and blog frame...umm...you know, I wonder if we could use Dreamwidth for this? When I was setting up Piratejournal it didn't exist, and I didn't use LJ's code because, frankly, it was broken but DW is a fork of LJ's code with all the functionality, and familiarity, thereof... I think that might be the better solution.

I'll see if I can contact DW's developers or someone I know in the support staff and see what they say, with a bit of luck we might even be able to fold into their site and only host the backend independently. [beats reinventing the wheel.]
7th-Jul-2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Has phpBB overcome its ongoing security concerns from the past several years? I always feel inclined towards recommending Vanilla instead, although it does need a little more work.
7th-Jul-2010 11:40 am (UTC)
I confess I've always found Farrell rather yummy, and yes, he is delicious in Ondine (though I haven't yet been able to watch the entire movie yet... I'll get to it, though!)

Fatherhood in real life helped him tremendously it seems, as he was about to get himself killed via drugs and/or alcohol. I really like seeing people pull back from disaster and get their lives together - much like Robert Downey, Jr.
7th-Jul-2010 11:44 am (UTC)
Hey, check this signal boost in maevele's journal when you get a minute. It's a woman trying to leave an abusive relationship, and I checked out her Etsy shop and saw lots of cute cuff things that Elayna would probably like.
7th-Jul-2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
Check your @livejournal email. I added a domain to my hosting for the blogathon, add water, erm site admin and you're in business!

I'm co-hosting a wedding shower that day but I'm here for you to help with the site and donate that for ya'll.
7th-Jul-2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
At the risk of opening a serious can of worms, I would like to ask a question about the polyamory article. Several states in the U.S. consider adultery to be a crime. I was reading that the state of Michigan could put a person in jail for life, if convicted of adultery. Would this not be a central issue when determining whether to recognize poly relationships, for purposes of benefits, etc.? The mere act of declaring "an extra-marital relationship" could subject one to prosecution.

I admit to not having read the entire 73-page study, and perhaps this issue was addressed. The legal ramifications of extra-marital pregnancies, divorces, etc. could make recognition of poly relationships more trouble than it's worth, under current civil and religious laws. Even in states with no specific laws against adultery, outside relationships can be and are used as grounds for divorce in non-no-fault states.

Again, let me state that this is a serious question. In the past, I have been ripped to shreds for inadvertently mis-speaking and accidentally insulting one group or another. This is not my intention, and if I have worded something badly in this comment, I apologize in advance to whomever I have offended. I'm here to learn, and have been wondering about this question for some time, now.
7th-Jul-2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
(I didn't read the study either, I'm just giving you my 2 cents.)

I don't know about other states, but in PA you can have all the extra-marital relationships you want and no one is going to arrest you for it (though they can arrest you for other things, such as public lewdness, public indecency, trespassing, etc.). The only time it becomes an issue is if/when you're filing for an at-fault divorce. But just because one (or both) has an affair and they get a divorce, it does not automatically make it "at-fault." (My soon to be ex brother in law cheated on my sister in law and asked her to make it a no-fault divorce. She said no, that it would be at-fault, not because the law requires it but because she wants him to be responsible for it as, well, payback for what he did).

I think the key wording here is "if convicted of." You'd have to be 1)Caught at it; 2)Charged with it [who can charge? individuals? the state?]; 3)Tried for it [do you go up against a jury, or just a judge?]; and then convicted of it. I think in some states anal sex (even if consensual) is still illegal, but no one's going to set up a sting operation to put those dirty sodomizers in jail. Let's face it, the space is better suited for perpetrators of more serious crimes. (Fascinating chart here though I think PA does allow full-scale gambling now.)

To my knowledge, no state in the US currently legally recognizes any poly relationships, whether you're married or not. Medical insurance companies will occasionally cover "domestic partners" or "common-law spouses" but they only cover one at a time.

I'm not familiar with the Michigan statute, but I'm curious about whether or not they've also criminalized pregnancies that occur out of wedlock. I'm not coming down on you, it just seems more than a wee bit backward to create a law that essentially has no teeth. If all parties involved are okay with a situation (such as polyamory), and enforcing such a law would be touchy at best, and it's not against any federal law, then why bother passing it?

As for "religious laws"...no offense, but they don't count when it comes to state/federal recognition of multiple partners. Not everyone is religious, and though many laws are written through the lens of Christianity, religion is not the be-all and end-all of our legal system.
8th-Jul-2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
I think the Michigan law is a holdover from Blue Law days, and what I read said it could be enforced, not that it necessarily would be. I'm just saying that openly declaring an "adulterous" relationship in order to qualify for benefits could subject the declarer to legal ramifications, depending upon the state. At the very least, I wouldn't think insurance companies would honor such a lifestyle choice. The operative word here is choice, which doesn't apply to other alternate lifestyles currently being considered for recognition. I'm not about to wade through 73 pages on the subject, because it doesn't apply to me. I was just curious how such things might be handled.

I agree on the religious aspect. I'm pretty sure the Blue Laws were based upon religious beliefs, such as not selling liquor on "The Lord's Day", etc. I don't think that has any place in civil government.
7th-Jul-2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
That sucks about the soy. :/
7th-Jul-2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you!
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