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  1. Past hour
  2. While watching Season 7 of Orange Is the New Black, my opinions on Undocumented Workers have strengthened…


    Having previously seen documentaries about LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers, I am aware of how severely the deck is stacked against asylum seekers, immigrants, refugees, and undocumented workers. In many cases, the US government intentionally prevents them from finding out about laws, regulations, or services that might assist them in winning their cases.

    Historically, the US has welcomed much larger numbers of immigrants, especially when compared as a percentage of the total US population. Other groups have previously faced incredible discrimination. The Irish, Italians, Japanese, Chinese, and many others were refused service and were not allowed to buy houses in certain neighborhoods. Things have improved significantly, but we still have lots of work to do to end racism and discrimination.

    My grandparents were all legal immigrants who for decades were legally prevented from becoming Naturalized US Citizens due solely to racism. Most of my older relatives were unconstitutionally imprisoned in concentration camps in the US due to racism. I see echoes of the past repeating.

    While for years there was near-unlimited immigration through Ellis Island (only known criminals and sick people were rejected), things were radically different on the Pacific Coast and the southern border. Angel Island in San Francisco Bay was like the Mirror Universe* version of Ellis Island with the goal of keeping as many people out of the US as possible. There were some who were imprisoned for more than a year on Angel Island while US government judges and lawyers worked to find justification for rejecting immigrants.

    Nearly all of us are descendants of immigrants. Just about all of us have ancestors and relatives who ‘came from somewhere else.’ The US is a nation of immigrants and we shouldn’t forget that fact.

    * The Mirror Universe is a repeated theme in Star Trek. In a parallel universe, Star Trek characters have evil twins. Unlike the peaceful Federation, the Mirror Universe equivalent, the Terran Empire, is brutal, vicious and violent – the male evil twins have facial hair. The Mirror Universe has been visited in TOS, DS9, STE, and STD.

  3. Today
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    1. jamessavik


      Age, favorite color, birthday, favorite food, typical clothes(warm/cold weather), parents, grandparents, where they grew up, favorite game as a child, favorite book, favorite food, favorite ice cream flavor, 3 favorite albums, dream car, last vacation, crazy dream, traumatic event, best friend, what gets them in trouble, pet(s), sports to play, watch sports(?), indulge in fads(?), quirks, tag lines, cologne or aftershave- what kind? hair style, body type, hair color, favorite sports/musician/artist star, hobbies, summer camp, biking, hiking, favorite animals...

      Once you know all that, you'll know your character well enough to write him/her.

  5. Been a week and a half. Ordered a new phone. Might actually be able to afford a laptop too. Time will tell. Good luck all. Stay safe and well.

  6. Yesterday
  7. Now some they do and some they don't and some you just can't tell And some they will and some they won't, with some it's just as well

    -Supertramp, Goodbye Stranger

  8. Having a great time camping! So proud of my little man, he caught a 2.5+ lb Rainbow Trout!

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    2. Mann Ramblings

      Mann Ramblings

      next year he goes in the water with a bowie knife between his teeth to collect dinner.

    3. Carlos Hazday

      Carlos Hazday

      Sign him up for Naked and Afraid!

    4. Reader1810


      That’s awesome!

      My nephew who’s a teen how was about Baby J’s age when he caught his first fish, so it’s helping me see your little man’s excitement and sense of accomplishment for reeling in a big one. Were you able to get it on film for posterity’s sake? 


  9. Thought I might give you the titles of the coming chapters as an appetiser...

    Ch 20 Globemaster Departs

    Ch 21 New Orders

    Ch 22 Twin Otter

    Ch 23 Open Day

    Ch 24 Succesful First Day 

  10. Last week
  11. RIP Larry Kramer!

    1. Headstall


      He was a giant. :heart: 

    2. Carlos Hazday

      Carlos Hazday

      Such a renaissance man. From Faggots, to Act Up, to The Normal Heart he touched my life repeatedly.

  12. Time to be productive with my main story again.  Three cheers to epiphany.

  13. Sixty-three years after the Wright Brothers, Neil Armstrong stepped on the Moon. The United States had won the Cold War's Space Race.

    For the past nine years, we've relied on the Russians to take our men and women into space. That stops today when Dragon takes flight.

    Elon Musk and his Space X rocket will deliver two men to the ISS, and I'm happy we can ditch the Ruskies.


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    2. Headstall


      I've always loved this song... and Trip and Archer and Travis. :) 

    3. Carlos Hazday

      Carlos Hazday

      Scrubbed due to weather. Now we wait for Saturday. (We've had over 10 inches of rain in South Florida in the past couple of days.)

    4. Geron Kees

      Geron Kees

      It will be just as apt on Saturday. Thanks!

  14. It’s Asian Pacific Heritage Month, so my local PBS station, KQED, is featuring lots of programming about Asian and Pacific Islanders. This evening there was an episode of Lucky Chow (a show about how Asian cuisine has influenced American food culture) focusing on innovation. One of the people profiled was Robert Wang, the inventor of the Instant Pot. Naturally, I thought of you! I hadn’t realized that he’s one of your neighbors (nearby Ottawa).  ;–)

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    2. droughtquake


      Tim is a ‘Pot Head’?

      Is that you in your banner (I imagine you as being thinner)?

    3. Mikiesboy


      In this scenario... yes..LOL  I admit it and i will shout about it too. I love that thing. It's good because it works, but it also isn't 'on' all the time when you use it, so saves on electricity.

      Lucky for you my break is over, or i'd not shut up about it.  :D 

    4. droughtquake


      Context is everything!

  15. https://youtu.be/RoSzC5iynDg

    Why does JJO keep killing my productivity?

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    2. Ashi


      Yes.  People.  Don't look.  Because you're going to be consumed.  I know today I'm just going to daze.  ALL DAY.

    3. Zombie


      if you don’t scratch an itch it’ll go away - so I’m told... :unsure2:  :gikkle:

    4. Ashi


      Only if it were that simple....  Tell me why am I still in the gay gutter again?  😆 (Please don't.  It's a rhetorical question)

      Okay, today I can survive without being a crazy puppy.  It's really funny yesterday I was only looking at JJO because I was thinking of another guy I knew in RL.  And he looks NOTHING like JJO (and more likely to be my hubby candidate than JJO ever will).  Super ironic.

  16. My partner turned 40 yesterday. He had a good day, but I feel kind of like a let down that I couldn't host some sort of gathering for him. I know, impossible right now, but the feelings are still there. Maybe I can plan something for when times are better.

    1. dughlas


      I know it seems a platitude but really in this case it is the thought that counts. You chose to wait until a later time, what better gift than keeping him and your family and friends safe.

    2. Headstall


      What @dughlas said, Lux. We have to adapt on a daily basis, but it's for the good of all of us. :hug: 

  17. I just wrote something else to take my mind off the main story I was working on.  LOL

    Now I need an editor for a chapter of this new story.  Preferably someone who can edit Jane Austen/Regency period language.  It's Pride and Prejudice x Vanity Fair x Othello and stuff....  LOL  Fluffy RomCom with historical fiction and intrigues.  No sex so far.

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    2. Zombie


      just my two penn’orth, I’d suggest writing normal dialogue otherwise it could become a tiresome read

      just avoid using obvious anachronisms that would “jump off the page” as being wrong for that period, like

      Jane “You lookin’ at me?”

      Darcy ”Yeah, cool it, bitch”

      Jane *eye rolls* “Whatever”

      Edit to add

      Here’s some interesting advice from writer Angus Donald


    3. Ashi


      I'll think about it.  Though the modification you suggested will change the story very substantially.  The story is a stress-reliever from my emotionally depleting main story, so I am not sure I'll go through the stress to modernize it....  I'll think about from reader's PoV no doubt.  Maybe I'll post a sneak preview and see the reception.  I am currently invite betas and editor in Writer's Circle.  BTW, there is no weird language like "penn'orth."  It's not Shakespearean old....  Though I did modernize (to Regency) "Put money in thy purse" segment.  BTW, there is a lot of mannerism stuff going on.  That part might be more difficult to understand than the language.

    4. Zombie


      oops, if it’s already written then leave be

      penn’orth is an interesting word example - it’s AngloSaxon but still in use today in UK so would be equally good in Regency period
      other “weird” words may sound period but might post date Regency

      then again other words that might sound later, like “cosmetic wash”, actually pre-date Regency

      Good luck with it :) 

  18. Throwback:


    1. Reader1810


      I do like this song. :thumbup:

    2. Caz Pedroso

      Caz Pedroso

      One of my favourites :) 

    3. comicfan


      Flashback. I always enjoyed her music.

  19. Protip: When you go back to the gym after being away since March, if you pick up where you left off, expect to be really sore and die.


  20. How is everyone during the pandemic? I hope all is fine for you peeps. 

    1. Caz Pedroso

      Caz Pedroso

      Bored but healthy, so that's the main thing. How are you????

    2. Reader1810


      Doing well. I do find myself confused as to what day it is, though... 

      I hope you are doing well, Solus 

    3. Solus Magus

      Solus Magus

      @Caz Pedroso I'm doing great. Buried under a bunch of books and TV Series. But yea, I miss the outside world.

      @Reader1810 Oh yes that's so true! I haven't left my house for the 70 days. I think different species of mushroom have started to grow on my skin.

  21. Can't beat this view!FB_IMG_1590436059141.jpg

    1. comicfan


      Hope you are enjoying your trip.

    2. Reader1810


      No you can't, Renee. It's a gorgeous view for sure. 

    3. Renee Stevens

      Renee Stevens

      This was tonights from up on the hillreceived_285489359276342.jpeg...

  22. Remember the Fallen.


  23. Hopelessly romantic and socially anxious Corey Kentwell finds himself finally getting his wish: a highschool romance of his own with another boy. The passion of first love ignites and Corey's new boyfriend wants him just as much... if not more. But when things start to turn awry he has to decide if desperately clinging to this ideal is worth it.



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    2. Reader1810


      @Zombie, I tried to find it on Youtube but no avail. Here’s one you might like. It’s the original youtube video starring Chunk - yes, that’s his name :D - the ground hog.



      see what the shut down has done to me :lol: 


    3. Zombie


      I laughed and smiled all the way through - thanks Reader! :hug:

    4. Reader1810


      You’re welcome zombie. He’s actually in season 2 on youtube with fans all over the world. Yeah, who knew watching a ground hog eat could be so entertaining, relaxing and peace inducing...

      @1brokNangel I was out for a walk a while back and came across something a little similar to the video you posted. I say similar because your bird seemed to be helping the critter rather than going after it.  What I saw was a Robin hopping along (and flapping its wings) behind a squirrel as said squirrel scurried across the road. My guess is the squirrel got a little to close to a nest and mama - or papa - Robin wasn’t having it and chased him away. Chased it all the way across the street and under a hedge. :P 

  25. Interesting experience editing a story about storms during a storm.   

    1. ancientrichard


      The next step is to edit a story about editing a story about storms during a storm, during a storm.

      Feel free to insert however many parentheses are necessary to make the meaning clear.



  26. Bought some hairdressing scissors. Now it's a question of screwing up the courage to use them.  :funny:

    bad hair day snl GIF by Saturday Night Live

    1. ancientrichard
    2. dughlas


      If things go awry you can always wear a hat ...

    3. Ashi


      Trans Chucky comes to mind.

  27. Why do men grow old?  *very frustrated with the whole process of aging*

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    2. Mikiesboy


      i lost a lot of my childhood .. we all have something to live with. i'm lucky to have Michael now, lucky to have what i do.  But i figure, if you're breathing you still have life and hope. What can you do with it?

    3. Lux Apollo
    4. Ashi


      What do you mean by that, Lux?

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