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Date:2007-01-12 22:19

From Slashdot.com:

"A Seattle school board has placed a moratorium on screenings of 'An Inconvenient Truth', having found its subject matter too controversial. Echoing the language of the evolution debate, the school board found that students must be told that global warming is only a theory and presented with an opposing viewpoint. The ban was prompted by the complaints of a parent: '"Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He's not a schoolteacher," said Frosty Hardison, a parent of seven who also said that he believes the Earth is 14,000 years old. "The information that's being presented is a very cockeyed view of what the truth is ... The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn't in the DVD."'"


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Date:2007-01-12 12:31
Subject:US Embassy in Greece Attacked
Mood: morose


What bothers me so much isn't the attack (no one was even hurt) but the use of the phrase "symbolic act". If there had been any real damage done, I suppose the fact that it had been caused like this would make it more grievous. I think hate does make killing more grievous. I mean, I'm morally outraged when a black man is killed for being black, and that death seems worse than if he had been shot in the course of a robbery. But how can hate, when it isn't accompanied by any real grievous harm, justify the doing what that phrase "symbolic" usually leads up to. A "symbolic" attack on American pride and what it means to be America usually means there's going to be some kind of retribution disproportionate to the harm done.

Not that anyone's talking about going to war with Greece or anything. But if this had happened in Baghdad, or Beirut, can you honestly tell me the word "symbolic act" wouldn't mean more deaths?

Honestly, I'm so tired of it all. I want to know who did this, and why - not to get angry, but to understand why they hate me as an American so bad. I am an American longing for the day when I will be able to call myself an expatriate, but for the moment I'm still an American, and things like this make the situation feel damned hopeless.

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Date:2007-01-11 15:38
Subject:Fic: Twilight's Daughter

Hey guys,

A few days ago I proposed an onlist challenge over at HA on the topic of tolerance. (I was inspired by the fact that the American holiday Martin Luther King Day is coming up.) Anyway, here is my offering. Unbeta'd because of the time constraint on the challenge, but it is as polished as I can make it on my own.

Here's my entry for my challenge.

Title: Twilight's Daughter
Characters: Faramir/Éowyn
Rating: PG
Word Count: 747 + Notes
Disclaimer: All is Tolkien's. Even the awful things Faramir said. ;-) I offer this missing scene that you just know had to happen.


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Date:2007-01-09 18:33
Subject:icon-hunting as therapy?

Found some new icons and I thought I should share. Which of these best describes me, and why?

Made by: Jackshoegazer (aka iconomicon

Made by: opheliasicons

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Date:2007-01-09 15:40

What Fantasy Archetype Are you?

The Totally Wicked Villain
You are The Totally Wicked Villain! You're like Sauron (Lord of The Rings), Morgan (Arthurian Legend), The Emporer (Star Wars), The Witch (Narnia), The Angel (Neverwhere), Voldemort (Harry Potter) and The Keeper (Wizard's First Rule). Your shadowy plots and incredible power are immense obstacles to overcome and you are usually cruel, creepy, evil, heartless and have a motive that only The Mentor truly knows. Beware, though, you are almost invariably beaten by the Unlikely Hero, even if you killed the Seasoned Veteran Friend AND the Pillar-of-Strength Love Interest - feats even you rarely accomplish if ever.
Take The Quiz Now!Quizzes by myYearbook.com

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Date:2007-01-06 15:42
Subject:Neat little meme, gacked from fileg

The Oracle

33% Extroversion, 100% Intuition, 27% Emotiveness, 71% Perceptiveness

Heuristic, detached, and analytical to a fualt, you are most like The Oracle. You are able to tackle any subject with a fine toothed comb, and you possess an ability to pinpoint nuances and shades of meaning that other people do not have and cannot understand. Accomplishment and realization of ideas are, for you, secondary to the rigorous exploration of ideas and questions -- you are, first and foremost, a theorist. You hate authority, convention, tradition, and under no circumstances do you accept a leadership role (although, you will gladly advise leadership when they're going astray, whether they want you to or not). Abstraction and generalities are your interests, details and particulars are usually inconsequential and uninteresting. You excel at language, mathematics and philosophy.

You are typically easy-going and non-confrontational until someone violates one of the very few principles that you deem sacred, at which point you can fly into a rage. Although you possess a much greater understanding of process and systems than the people around you, you are always conscious of the possibility that you've missed something or made a mistake. You don't tend to become attached to particular theories, and will immediately discard mistaken notions once they're revealed to be incorrect (but you don't tolerate iconoclasts who try to discredit validated theories through the use of fallacies and bad data). Despite being outwardly humble, you probably think of yourself as being smarter than most other people. That's because you are. In fact, in your dealings with people your understanding of their motives is so expansive that you know what they're going to say before they say it, and in world affairs, you usually know what is going to take place before it actually does. This ability would make you unbeatable in debates if only you were a little less pensive about your own conclusions, and a little more outgoing.

Famous people like you: Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, John McWhorter, Ramanujan, Marie Curie, Kurt Godel

Stay clear of: Apollo, Icarus, Hermes, Aphrodite

Seek out: Atlas, Prometheus, Daedalus

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 99% on Perceptiveness

Link: The Greek Mythology Personality Test written by Aleph_Nine on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

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Date:2007-01-06 01:55
Subject:"Proof" Drabble: "Pour Me One More"

Title: Pour Me One More
Characters/Pairing: OFC Dwarf (Thris), OMC man from Dale (Bolin)
Rating: G
Warnings: n/a
Book/Source: "The Hobbit", if anything
Disclaimer: Bolin and Thris are actually my own invention. The world they populate is of course Tolkien's.

'Smaug's fire, what *be* this swill?'Collapse )

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Date:2007-01-04 00:24
Subject:1800-SUICIDE and the SAMHSA

Someone sent me a Youtube link:


If this is to be trusted America's best-known suicide crisis help line was promised some grant money from the US government. The SAMHSA is a US government agency - the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - and they chose to start a second crisis line when 1800-SUICIDE wouldn't divulge the information of the people who call in. The upshot of which is 1800-SUICIDE was expecting over $250,000 and is having financial troubles and may have to close because of it.

I am hoping there is another side to the story. It's pretty upsetting if this is an accurate slant on the situation. Has anyone else heard anything about this?

There are interesting issues here. It's things like this that make me think that Republicans might be on to something with their approach to taxes. If I actually thought people who paid less taxes would donate more to charities of their choosing, I'd be more tempted. It just seems like there's a lot of bureaucracy that's getting in the way of helping people.

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Date:2006-12-27 15:37

The Good

It's finalized - I'm going to go spend a few days with Gwynnyd, a long-time friend and beta who I finally live close enough to for visiting to be an option. She is throwing a mathom exchange with friends and invited me up, and for once I have the time to accept. It'll be nice to put a name with the faces.

The Bad

As in bad!fic...

Gwynnyd introduced me to Summary Executions. Do go read. Bad never was so good before. Some teasers:

----- "hey, give me credit : my mouse doesn't work, so i am doing this story with only my keyboard."

----- "At the end of it all, Dumbledore picks up his viola."

----- "Since the time of the Founders, Salazar Slytherin had always said that that their was something special about him. The others (mostly Godric Gryffendor) thought he was consceded. But what if he wasn't? What if there really was something special about him? What if that something was that he was half-vampire half-demon? And because of this, he could get pregnat? [snip rest for space]"

----- "Harry and Hermione's daughter Herima is going to Hogwarts early but she doesn't know why. Would it have something to do with her wings?"

And I'll have you know, it was *damned* hard to limit my choice to just those. Do go read more at the link.

The Ugly

There is apparently a reason that I moved as far away from home as I could, and that I did not look forward to going home. Unsupportive family can be not so fun. I am truly glad it is over, and am all the more glad to have fandom visit to look forward to. No drabbles, unfortunately - I was too stressed to be creative.

On the plus side it is over, and I am safe and home. That is what really matters.

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Date:2006-12-23 08:25
Subject:drabbles and aristocratic titles and travel, oh my!

Okay, I have copied down the TNB prompts that I want to write but haven't yet. Will not just repost old drabbles! Though I think I could for any of them, LOL.

The plus side is that I am flying home today, so will have some airport time alone with my notepad. That's proved inspiring in the past, but I think nine drabbles may be a bit much even for me. ;-)

That's right, I will be back in Boone until Tuesday night visiting family for Ye Olde Holidays. Wish me luck - families can always be trying.

And one last shot for the road:

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Most Noble and Honourable Marta the Unusual of Greater Sodbury
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

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Date:2006-12-22 02:06

I mentioned in a comment reply to annmarwalk that my muse refused to focus on longer pieces. And then it got cooperative tonight enough to revisit an old piece. I wrote the first draft of this back in September and finally got around to making some revisions so I can (finally!) post it here.

Title: Come Back to Me
Author: Marta
Characters/Pairing: Fimbrethil/Goldberry
Rating: PG13/soft Rish
Warnings: moderate erotic content
Beta: Not beta'd, but Dwim provided invaluable post-publishing feedback. Any mistakes are still mine, and I welcome concrit as much as I do lavish praise.
Book/Source: mostly my own rather over-active imagination; backstory from the Old Forest and Fangorn chapters of LOTR, with references to the Silm and The Hobbit (see endnote)
Disclaimer: Not mine. Of course, probably not what Tolkien dreamed up either.

ENT. When Spring unfolds the beech leaf, and sap is in the bough
When light is on the wild-wood stream, and wind is on the brow;
When stride is long, and breath is deep, and keen the mountain-air,
Come back to me! Come back to me, and say my land is fair!

ENTWIFE. When Spring is come to garth and field, and corn is in the blade;
When blossom like a shining snow is on the orchard laid;
When shower and Sun upon the Earth with fragrance fill the air,
I'll linger here, and will not come, because my land is fair.

(from "Treebeard", The Two Towers)

Around 1700 Third Age; western Cardolan

The cattails and bulrushes whispered in the gentle breeze, and Fimbrethil felt a sigh escape her.Collapse )

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Date:2006-12-18 18:02
Subject:a challenge to my fellow fanfic writers

Over at her LJ a friend asked for drabble requests, which got me thinking. I've just finished my first semester of grad school and I am a bit preoccupied with the concept of education, schooling, and learning.

So... if anyone is in the giving mood, I would love reading a drabble about your favorite character starting an educational venture of some sort? It can be starting school for the first time, moving off to have to go to school (i.e., Harry Potter), a personal study project, or some less formal method of education, like an apprenticeship. What were their thoughts? What challenges did they or those helping them prepare face?

I read Tolkien fanfic obviously, but also am familiar with Harry Potter, Star Trek, Star Wars, and POTC. If anyone has an idea on this theme, I would most gladly read it. :-)


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Date:2006-12-17 11:00
Subject:One More Drabble: Through Shadows

Another there_n_back drabble, this one for Gimli. Inspired by an oft-forgotten scene in FOTR, just after the Fellowship has left Moria.

Through Shadows

Erebor's skalds spoke of a beautiful crown hidden beneath murky waters, fairer than mithril. No true dwarf would take an Outsider to Kheled-zâram; 'twas dangerous to show your treasures.

But Frodo was no Elf, nor even a Man. Gimli took his hand and pulled him off the path. He made short journey down the green slope until at last they stood by the weather-worn pillar.

For a moment Gimli held his breath. Frodo peered into the dark waters, gazing past the mountain-peaks' reflection, and stood speechless. Then he looked up, his eyes aglow. Mahal be praised, the hobbit had seen!

Note: A skald is a specialized sort of minstrel. Thanks to mrowe for helping me find just the right word.

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Date:2006-12-17 10:27
Subject:TNB Drabble: "Dark Dreams"

Hey guys,

Here is my drabble for there_n_back prompt: Theoden.

Dark Dreams

Dark had been the king's dreams of late. The Westfold burned by day and night. Helmets bearing Isengard's White Hand were found among Rohan's slain enemies. And Théodred lay dead in the Isen's mud. But only a fool believed dreams carried truth to the waking hours, yes?

Surely Théodred's sword still drank orcs' blood. His son loved his honor too much to die now, when Rohan needed him most. Surely Théoden imagined the whisperings he half-heard, and that memory at least was night's fantasy?

So he gladly drank the tonic Gríma prepared for him nightly, and hoped to dream forevermore.

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Date:2006-12-16 08:50

Gacked from mrowe

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Faramir!

  1. It can take Faramir several days to move just through one tree!
  2. If you chew gum while peeling Faramir then it will stop you from crying!
  3. Faramir will become gaseous if her temperature rises above -42°C.
  4. If you break Faramir, you will get seven years of bad luck.
  5. Human beings are the only animals that copulate while facing Faramir.
  6. Faramir is physically incapable of sticking her tongue out.
  7. While performing her duties as queen, Cleopatra sometimes dressed up as Faramir.
  8. Faramir can give birth ten days after being born, and is born pregnant.
  9. Faramir is incapable of sleep.
  10. The word 'samba' means 'to rub Faramir'.
I am interested in - do tell me about

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Date:2006-12-16 00:37
Subject:Yet Another Drabble: Shadows of the Past

Hey guys,

I am trying to get caught up with the there_n_back challenge, which has given me the absolute delight of giving me no excuse for writer's block. And I am tickled with some of the ideas that have jumped to mind so far.

There are two days still needing drabbles that I haven't written: Gimli and Theoden. Ah, my lovely gruff old guys... *cracks knuckles* Great fun awaits me tomorrow!

But for tonight, here's one more drabble I managed to come up with today. This one is for Smeagol/Gollum.

[ETA: In light of the earlier drabble I should maybe clarify: I mean either Smeagol or Gollum, whichever name the character is using. Even I'm not brave to take on that ship. ;-)]


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Date:2006-12-15 21:12
Subject:New drabble: Beauty

Hey guys,

Another day, another drabble. Today's there_n_back prompt is Sam. For those of my flist who don't like slash, be forewarned there is some under the cut (sort of), but very much of a PG variety.

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Date:2006-12-15 08:36

A friend passed along this link. Thought you guys might enjoy.


An Examination of the History of
the One Ring subsequent to the
"War of the Ring", and the
Implications Thereof for the
Future of Civilization

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Date:2006-12-13 18:41
Subject:New Drabble: Point, Counterpoint

This is an idea that I have been rolling around too much in the back of my head lately. The happy(?) confluence of there_n_back's Morgoth request and tolkien_weekly's "point" challenge made me actually pound it out, and hopefully having it on paper will give my tired mind a wee bit of rest. In any event, I hope you all enjoy this, such as the subject matter allows actual enjoyment.

Juno, can I post this in the there_n_back Morgoth prompt? Because, really, it's about Melkor, not Morgoth...


Point, Counterpoint

In the beginning was the One, He who exists before Time, and by His side was the Mighty Riser. And there was Song, and it Was.

In the dark Melkor sought for the light, and, not finding it, he was betrayed. Yet he chose to give himself completely to the music, and he let his heart's anguish crescendo, and counterpoint, and syncopate off the song placed in his heart of hearts before the chorus first lifted voice.

Then there was disharmony, and divine ears cringed, and many offered their own tunes. And yet for all that, Ilúvatar gainsaid it not.

Note the First: In musical parlance, the word "point" describes both a single note and a single, uncomplicated melody. Counterpoint is the art of balancing two melodies against one another, as in J.S. Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier.

Note the Second: The name Melkor means "he who arises in might".

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Date:2006-12-12 17:11

There are some advantages to living in an apartment building shared with the downtown YMCA. Namely, when the hot water heater thingamajig (whatever the heck it's called) goes down for two days, your super will arrange for passes to use the YMCA showers while the part arrives. It physically hurts us to be under chill water long enough to wash our hair, *gollum*.

In better news, I am finished with all my papers. Finished with all of my exams. Still need to work on the assistantship job every day but academically I'm done. If anyone is so inclined, I am willing to share said papers: one on whether moral knowledge is possible (14 pages) and another on Descartes's and Anselm's ontological arguments (26 pages). Hobbits even get used as an example in the second one.

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