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Tiny violin shop inside of a human-sized violin!

And all the little ones are playable!

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I figured out why I don't spend as much time here as I should...  Too many little changes in settings at all my "old haunts" on top of trying to learn the ins and outs of Google's settings!  Ack!  But I really need to spend time getting them down.  The discussions here are almost always so much better....
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+Amelia Sides, this would be the ping, thank you!
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I keep hiding from social media lately...  I barely touch here or Facebook or...  Sorry, people.  I'd say it was because it is summer, but really it's because I've been feeling very introverted....  Summer makes it so I have fewer patterns to duck into.  I have to make more...  And I did.

See you in a few more weeks, months or something like that.  And thank you for all the wonderful pictures and thoughts to consider.
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It strikes me that for all the "Against the Natural Order" protests out there from (usually very religious, often Christian) people, that there is a quote some should consider when they protest the physical form of the bodies of two people in love...  It's that one that the bigots like to haul out against the GLBTI population: Romans 8:13.

See...  there is the idea that it was telling men to "not worry so much about circumcision.  There's the idea that being obsessed with sexual matters or appearance or... basically that one should be more concerned with spiritual matters than anything to do with the body.

Then there is...  STOP WORRYING about what other people are doing with their bodies and think about the spirits/souls that exist within those shells.  The body is just a shell.  The PERSON is within.

I read +Rugger Ducky's love description of her wife and the love they found and see a beautiful example of that.  Yes, she was attracted to the female form.  Why not?  We're pretty awesome.  I mean, men are awesome too, but beauty is beauty and beautiful people are pleasing to look at.

But she fell in love with a person, not the body.  Otherwise she'd have wanted to marry the first woman she saw.  She fell in love with that person inside, the soul, spirit, whatever name you like.

Seems to me that an awful lot of people are worried too much about matters of the flesh, and worse yet...  someone else's flesh, not their own.

(stepping off the soapbox now)  Thank you, Rugger Ducky for this post.  Sorry I got so vocal on it...
 
I just wanted to share the full circle I've come in the last 20 years. 

20 years ago, I attended my first San Francisco GLBTI Pride celebration. "The Year of the Queer", as it was dubbed, with hope for the future. President Clinton had just been elected the fall before, garnering a huge new voting bloc from GLBTI voters. His promise to remove the ban on homosexuality in the military certainly clinched my vote.

I was 21, had over 4 years in the Army, and had just come out of the closet. When I attended that Pride celebration, I hadn't even voluntarily kissed a girl myself. 

Several of us from Ft Ord, CA came up, wearing our BDU pants and tshirts. For someone who had denied my own sexuality as long as I could remember, the day was an epiphany. Here were some 400K GLBTI people surrounding me, all accepting me as exactly who I was. The shame and humiliation, the inward homophobia, it all melted away in a few minutes. I realized once and for all who and what I was, and that it was exactly the same as every single American citizen, with one minor variation. Some of us have color to our skin, some of us are melanin-challenged, some of us are straight, some GLBTI. 

A few weeks later, Congress voted for, and President Clinton signed DADT. The day the news came to us, I was crushed. I had spent so long lying to myself, I decided damned if I would continue to lie to anyone else. So I used the base closure that fall as an excuse to get out a year early from my second enlistment. Yes, I'd been on a career path, hoping to spend my life in the Army. After all, I joined at 17, it was the only adult life I'd ever known. But a more important thing to me by that point was in not ever living my life as a lie again. 

A couple years later the same homophobic Congress passed DOMA. Both laws were voted on by my home state Senators, including Patty Murray (who never has actually apologized to any of us.) It was signed into law by President Clinton. 

By that point, I was living the life of a broke college student, trying to survive off multiple minimum wage jobs in a low wage southern state, while using the Montgomery GI Bill (which was the biggest joke ever on us.) I never thought I'd be able to get married in any case, that was just a pipe dream. 

In 2004, my mind changed about that. I met a woman, unlike anyone I had ever dated before. She was funny, witty, charming, kind, loyal, wicked smart, and I was immediately smitten. 

We married the next fall in Victoria, BC, as our home state of WA wasn't anywhere near to allowing same-sex marriage. A few years later, in early 2008, we relocated to Silicon Valley for work. 

That summer, the CA Supreme Court surprised us and said we could get legally married, and that our Canadian license was recognized. We also doubled-down and got remarried here in SV that fall, on our anniversary. 

When Prop 8 passed, it was a shock. Anger, hurt, resentment, frustration, all of it welled up inside. It was the same sort of slap in the face DADT had given me. But we persevered, and kept fighting the good fight. DOMA has been removed, DADT is gone, and Prop 8 is dead. 

Now on the day of this SF Pride 2013, I will be attending the parade with my wife, our young child, and good friends. I'll be glancing from the corner of my eye for that young hopeful soldier I was once, and if I find her, I'll tell her it was ALL worth it. The good years and the bad ones. That I've finally come full circle back to the moment when I first realized I was not something weird, something bad, not worthy of love; something not quite equal. That I am a strong woman, a good wife, a loving parent, a loyal friend, and most of all, an American citizen, equal to every other citizen around me. 
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Shucks, I just tried to find some words for this rollercoaster of a generation. I hope I've done well enough that some young person just coming out can find the hope and joy that is accepting that you are just as you are meant to be. 
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Neat!  +Tui Snider Something from your neck of the woods, and it looks cool!
 
The Big Bang : Photos of exploding bullets : Deborah Bay was in a store that sells building materials in her hometown of Houston, Texas, when she saw a display of bulletproof plexiglass. A few different types of ammunition were lodged in the hard plastic to demonstrate the strength of the product. “I thought it was intriguing,” says the photographer. “You could see all the fragments of metal. You could see the spray of the shattered plastic and then you could see the trajectory lines that were running through the panel of plexiglass.”

Officers helped by shooting the plastic and the result was an array of beautiful explosions in the plastic—a static testament to an energy that was once violently kinetic.

This post does not construe to support guns or bullets, and is purely a tribute to the photographer.

Article Link: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/artscience/2013/06/the-big-bang-enthralling-photos-of-exploding-bullets

#bullet #art #pexiglass #shatter #explode #photography  
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I'm supposedly right-handed...  but everything on the left-side is larger and stronger.  So much for those dominance thingies....
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May the Forces be with µ.
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A Grand Unified Theory (GUT) is a model in particle physics in which at high energy, the three gauge interactions of the Standard Model which define the electromagnetic, weak, and strong interactions, are merged into one single interaction characterized by one larger gauge symmetry and thus one unified coupling constant
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_unified_theory

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I know Tim Lake would love this...
 
Yup, this is cool. 
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I have, so far, been thwarted in my efforts to find a #HelloZombieCthulhu, but I did come across this awesome artist making occult #HelloKitty sculptures.

Featured here is #HelloLateralus, #HelloCthulhu, and #HelloDaria.

The store is located here, seriously, check out the other works!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheAllSeeingCat

#Tentacthulhu

PS: I still need a Hello Zombie Cthulhu...
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II read through +Charlie Hoover's original thread and comments...

Superman was a bit no, as was E.T.  (Mixed feelings there-- I "met" Superman via visits to my Grandparents' house, watching the original B&W episodes, and the nostalgia factor for me is huge; E.T. just kind of bored me.)

Harry Potter got serious thumbs down (as did Dumbledore).  (People don't seem to get the series was really about Snape.  :-D)

Someone mentioned Rose Tyler from Dr. Who (I kind of agree--she was a good companion, but they made a much bigger deal out of her than necessarily imho)

Cyclops & Jean Grey of X-men fame--trashed (Works for me...  I liked Bandit and Storm, but none of them were John Gaunt or Bob the Watchlizard)

But my LEAST favorite "super hero" would have to actually be either Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz or the Wizard himself.
 
Geek Question of the Day: Tonights question was inspired by a conversation in a hangout with +Kelsey Swanson and +Tara Mulder; What heroic character that other people love, do you really despise/dislike/hate and why? #gqotd  

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Heh. The neat thing about questions like these are the wide array of answers and reasons.
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Eclectic Irreverent Giddy Witty Foo! (Photography, Fiction Writing, Blogging Mommy)
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Although I maintain amateur status in everything I do, I work hard to achieve professional results.  Time and attention to detail matter as much (and often more) when you are helping a friend with a project.  I won't promise results I cannot give, nor will I offer time I do not know if I can make the commitment for a "longer than planned" period.  I know that life happens and I prepare for it.

I do what I say I will.

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Still sing great, draw better than I knew, have the best husband and son in the world.
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  • State University of New York at Morrisville
    Pre-ESF, 1987 - 1990