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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
Thor's Day 
21st-Jul-2011 12:46 pm
Happy birthday to mightywombat!

Hello to new reader sparkymonster and returning reader heathrow!

State of the 'song
The hardest thing is not singing.

I'm fine as long as I don't breathe deeply or talk much; every so often, heavy coughing. But singing is Right Out. And... it is so hard to not sing!

An LJfriend wrote something in a locked post a little bit ago that I was thinking of last night, as Becca sang "Vagabond Prayer", which is all about loving other vagabonds that you pass on the road. Said LJfriend said that he associated being cool and interesting with the vagabond lifestyle, and it took him a while to realize that people who stay rooted are cool and interesting too, or at least can be. I was an example!

And I used to think something was wrong in my life if I couldn't pack up my life in 30 minutes and take off to anywhere, but I am a different person now. With my new lack of dayjob, I can, say, hare off to Chicago for a weekend. But for the most part, I am staying here in Boston, in my "nerd castle" as Ferrett calls it. I am in my home office right now, surrounded by art my friends made, much of it specifically for me. I have my cats and my books; vagabond musician friend Juliana changed a line of her song "Yours" during her recent house concert to "just look at all the books we've got". I am surrounded by luscious yarn and feathers and glitter. I am happy here.

And I love hosting my vagabond beloveds. Come on in from the road; we will make you lasagna, I will take you out for the very best ice cream. I will brush your hair as you decompress. I can be quiet while you work on that song. I can curl up on your lap if you need to hold someone. I can watch Firefly again. I can summon a crowd to your show. I can give you hugs fierce enough to last you three states of driving. And when you come back through Boston, I'll do it all over again; you have a home here, and it's me. I can be your safe place to land.

So of course now I'm writing a song about that.

I am in that state of having so many beloved friends that I've long since accepted that I can never spend enough time with any of them. I will take my shining moments where I find them. And I know I'll see you again, and it'll be like you never left.

Geek Intersection
sindrian is excited about this article about CNC-millable QR codes because the corners and island bridges are apparently technically difficult, so something just got solved, and that's nifty! I'm excited about it because they're using the QR code stencils to bring back hobo codes.

Hobo codes! You guys! And these are modern-day equivalents, and it's *so cool*, and it lights my brain on fire with the storytelling prospects, the interstitiality of it, that you could construct a story all around a city, one that could be read differently depending where you start, one that you can discover completely by accident. We could do secret adventures everywhere. Mark my words, we are doing this.

Also I'm doing it in Shayara.

A sale! A sale!
(I always wanted to play the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. They made me play Juliet. :P )

Astral Bath Yarns is having a lace sale! I grabbed the yarns without which I could not deal before telling you about it, because priorities. (Of course, I didn't buy everything on my wishlist.)

Daily Science
Artificial intelligence has been the inspiration for countless books and movies, as well as the aspiration of countless scientists and engineers. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have now taken a major step toward creating artificial intelligence -- not in a robot or a silicon chip, but in a test tube. The researchers are the first to have made an artificial neural network out of DNA, creating a circuit of interacting molecules that can recall memories based on incomplete patterns, just as a brain can.

I have a shower to take, soup to eat, and writing to do. Also I'm four rows from the end of my Clothilde shawl, so that gets done today! Adam won't be home til late, and sindrian's working on The Machine all day and into the evening, so I'm a bit at loose ends for tonight.
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21st-Jul-2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
I know, right? :)
21st-Jul-2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Your "Roots" musings made me teary. Thank you.
21st-Jul-2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
Speaking of coming in from the Road, I've actually worked in a circus [for one glorious summer]... circus folk are the epitome of vagabonds. BUT all circuses have winter quarters, a place they go during the off season to rest, plan new acts, rehearse and just hang out with each other.

and they always go to the same place. it's base camp, home more or less. Often overseen by those that have, for one reason or another, settled down.

That describes your place pretty much.

and yeah.. the QR codes are darn cool...but I think true hobo codes need to readable by people, because I'm not so sure they'd have access to smart phones. However, it is very cool to use in Shayara... and use UV reactive paint so they're invisible under normal circumstances and it would be true secret code.

Edited at 2011-07-21 07:28 pm (UTC)
21st-Jul-2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
I have some really mixed feelings about the idea of QR 'hobo codes'. Something about the idea of people who can afford access to CNC milling products and smartphones co-opting a system designed by a community of those in need doesn't sit right with me.

I think the notion of having a spray-on QR code is really clever and should be encouraged.

I think the notion of well-meaning but well-off people trying to appropriate the culture and messages of the poor comes off as offensive to me.

If they'd just called it something else and spun it differently, maybe I wouldn't feel this way. :(
22nd-Jul-2011 11:01 am (UTC)
*That*'s what's been niggling at me about it. Thank you for articulating it!
22nd-Jul-2011 12:41 am (UTC)
I was looking for a video to link you to, but a quick search doesn't find one.

My favorite song on the topic of traveler vs. settler is Susan Werner's "The Great Out There", sung from the perspective of the settler.

And by settle, I mean of the staying in one place kind. She's got a whole other song about settling for one kind of life rather than the one you've always wanted. ;^)
22nd-Jul-2011 03:57 am (UTC)

At least you don't also have your wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it.

(Hi. I'm punchy. Today was a day of occasionally just bursting out giggling and/or chuckling.)

And in sincere-er thoughts:

I hope you sing in your dreams.
24th-Jul-2011 06:05 am (UTC)
I LOVE the Nurse in R&J. She tried so hard.
26th-Jul-2011 04:40 am (UTC)
Awww shucks. I've had minniethemoocha visiting since Wednesday, so it goes without saying that I haven't needed to look outside the home for stimulus and delight, but I'm tickled to see your yarn pimpage here. Thank you so much. Did you get to open the box yet? Wish I could see your face.
26th-Jul-2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
Seriously, my wishlist is extensive! :)

And yes! So gorgeous! I followed Adam around the house making him look at the yarn. He does not appreciate it like I do. :)
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