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On safety pins:

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People are wearing safety pins as a symbol that they are a safe and supporting person for minorities, both visible and invisible.

That's cool... but if you put it on, be prepared to follow through with action. We don't need another White People Feel-good Symbol. We need to step up and support folks who are being harassed whenever and wherever we see it.

Try to understand the frustration coming from minorities about the meaningless support symbol problem. They have seen symbolic gestures that are not followed by action over and over again, and they have every right to voice their frustrations. So display your symbols if you want, but more importantly, ACT in accordance with them.

Some people are worried that the alt-right is co-opting the safety pin symbol. Look, you can always modify yours to make it clear what you are supporting. Add rainbow beads, or a white rose, or both. Symbols of support to let people know they are not alone in a crowd are good. But the VERY BEST WAY to show that is to step in when those people need you to.

I am a passing cis hetero White Person, and I will step in. My pin is not to make me feel better. It is to remind me of my promise and to tell you that I have made it. Feel free to tell me if you see me not following through; real friends don't give us a pass when we are failing.
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Has Google taken away my ability to caption an already-uploaded photo? Because this is seriously pissing me off. >:(
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SCA Non-member Surcharge.

It's a thing. Apparently it has wider applicability than many folks realized. A lot of people are upset about this, particularly in how it is a barrier to recruitment and retention. I understand this. However, while you voice your opinion on what should be done to change it, please consider an additional course of action:


If you have a spare $5 you can donate, pay someone's fee. Use your $5 to show someone they matter to us. At an event where you don't know any new folks personally? Talk to whoever is collecting money and donate $5 to cover the next newcomer to arrive.

An optional add-on to this is a Freecycle-style table. Got old stuff you don't use any more, like feast gear, belts, pouches, or other starter gear? Arrange to have a small table with a sign that says, "If you are new, take what you need; it's yours now!" (Just make sure you take any unclaimed items home with you after the event.)

Got no extra money or stuff? Offer a ride, escort someone around an event, sit with someone in court... Give your time and attention.

There is plenty we can do to make people feel wanted and help new people get going. Put your action where your mouth is. (Keep running your mouth too -- things will never change if no one says they need to.)

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Voices were heard at the Society Exchequer's office, and things were changed back to the way they were. NMS will not be collected at regular practices, meetings, etc. 
However, I encourage people to still make newcomers welcome. When I can afford it, I give the gate an extra $5 for the next person's NMS. Paying it forward is what the SCA is all about. 
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Coronation Dayboard!

If you are (or are considering) attending Coronation this Saturday in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows, here is a quick preview of what you can expect to find on the Dayboard. As there is no feast, we want to make sure everyone is well-fed!

Every dish will be labeled, and there will be an ingredients list available for anyone with allergy concerns. You can also contact me in advance with questions!

Smoked Beef Brisket
Roasted Pork
Roasted Chicken Legs
Beef Sausage
Smoked Salmon

Hand Quiches
Irish Oat "Gnocchi"
Hard-boiled Eggs
Marinated Mushrooms

Steamed Asparagus
Roasted Cabbage
Roasted Onion
Cheese Cubes
Various Breads
Apples w/Lemon Juice
Honey-roasted Hazelnuts

Red Mustard
Hot Mustard
Basic Mustard
Horseradish Sauce
Honey & Herb Butters
Savory Toasted Cheese

Honey Oatcakes
Apple Pastries
Hand Pies
Stuffed Dates
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Looks delicious.  If the smoked brisket disappears after it goes out, you can probably blame me.
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In Their Own Worlds is a project where I'll be taking photos of authors in the worlds of their novels.

I want to create big, beautiful, complicated photoshoots. I've been planning this project for over a year and I've assembled my dream team of artists and authors.

Now I need the budget to make it a reality. Through the backer-exclusive updates, I'll take you with me as I arrange photoshoots, work on props and costumes, recruit models, complete test shots, edit photos and launch a fabulous gallery show.

Click on the link to watch my video, check out the pictures and read more about the project.
J.R. Blackwell is raising funds for In Their Own Worlds on Kickstarter! In Their Own Worlds will photograph authors in the worlds of their novels.
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A while ago I asked people what kind of work they'd like to see me do next, and overwhelmingly people said: Do what you love the most.

This is it. This is me taking that advice. So thank you for sharing!
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In related news, this is my new favorite thing.
Think you've seen every possible food and life hack out there? Think again for these will blow your mind and change your life.
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Kitchen hacj: If you run out if chip clips, you have totally too much junk food. Clean out your pantry! Thanks Nuri. I needed a good cry.
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For #MedievalMonday ‬, I present to you a viking raid wedding cake of epic proportions. To give you some idea of the size, the cakescape is 3'x3' at the base, with the tallest point being 20". While cake, as we know it today, is not medieval, the concept of a sugar showpiece, also known as a subtlety (also spelled soteltie or sotelty), is very medieval.

This cake was made by +Kate's Kakes  for +Peter Olsen and +Nuri Olsen's wedding, with contribution by Tabi Matzke. Photo by +Ken Ernstein. #MySCA  
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They're pulled sugar, airbrushed with red.
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Come display at the Arts & Sciences Salon II!

“Show Us Your Failures and What You Learned From Them"
A&S Display and Populace Token Vote

We are trying something a little different for this Arts & Sciences display. For everyone who has ever looked at all the meticulous, well-crafted projects that our artisans and scientists have produced and thought, “wow, that’s amazing… I could never do that,” we are asking for people to enter some of their “behind the scenes” work so we can all see the experimentation and practice it takes to be able to produce a magnificent end product. We often learn the most from our failures and mistakes!

Please bring something that didn’t go the way you hoped or planned, and a short explanation (1 page or shorter) of what it is and what you learned from it! There will be no judging, but each display item will have a bowl for collecting tokens from the populace (we will provide tokens for folks who don’t have their own). At the end of the day, the entries with the most populace tokens will have the opportunity to pick from an assortment of prizes, so bring out the blunders and inspire people to keep trying and improving!

We look forward to seeing what you’ve been keeping behind the curtain!

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I am making a Garden circle. This will include both medieval and modern garden stuff. Posts will include:

1) SCA project updates for the medieval garden beyond the periodic posts from my project blog
2) Offers of extra baby plants if I have too many for their designated space
3) Offers of extra harvest, including dyestuffs from the dyer's garden I'm going to plant and probably not use for my own projects
4) Probably copius photos of plants, and potentially posts about growing and using individual plants
5) Questions for other folks who might have dealt with the same thing so I don't have to reinvent the wheel

Some people will get auto-added because I know they are interested, but if you want to be sure you're in the circle, let me know you want in!
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Sure, why not! I could stand to learn more about all the stuff with the green things and wrangling thereof.
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Details and prices forthcoming, but feel free to ask if you see something in particular that interests you.

More details for some items here:
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(Excuse me, the batt, not roving)
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Wars of Roses Lost & Found

Lost and found items from Wars of the Roses! Let me know if something is yours so I can get it back to you.
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Ooh half demi gauntlet, dibs!
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Stupid Things That Are Pissing Me Off For No Good Reason

Okay internet, we need to talk. It has come to my attention that you have a problem. Well, lots of them, but right now I'm focusing on one specific problem, so just go with me.

You need to stop calling everything a "hack." It's not a hack. It's just doing a thing, using a thing, or making a thing. People have literally been doing that since the beginning of society. When our ancestors picked up stones and sharpened them into blades, they didn't need to call it a hack. IT WAS JUST MAKING A THING.

It was cute at first when you were using the term to apply to re-purposing things for uses they were never intended for. That's great. Very Depression-era mend-and-make-do thinking. (By the way, people in the Depression never called reusing things a "hack" either.) But now you are using the word hack to apply to pretty much any project where you make, change, or finish a thing. NO. IT'S NOT A HACK. STOP IT.

This article, for instance. ( This article has some cute ideas for home decor. But I must protest the headline. PAINTING A DRESSER IS NOT A HACK. People have been doing that for as long as there have been dressers. In fact, unfinished furniture stores exist solely to serve the market of people who want to put their own custom finish on furniture!

Likewise, PAINTING A GLASS IS NOT A HACK. See above. It's just putting some fucking paint on a fucking glass. Covering lampshades with fabric? Hello, have you HEARD of Martha Stewart, and if not, how are you even posting on the internet right now from your cave?

This article goes on to suggest other great innovations such as lining a tray with fabric and putting beads on things. SUCH INSPIRE. VERY HACK.

Look, I have no problem with people rehashing decor ideas and making DIY articles on the internet. Go on with your bad self! But OTHER people who are pretending to "write" articles by just aggregating a bunch of photos and links and then making a list of "hacks" need to PIPE THE FUCK DOWN. They're not hacks. And you're not fooling anyone about your writing abilities. Stop it. JUST STOP IT. YOU'RE DOING A BAD THING AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD.

So next time you see a neat idea and you feel tempted to say, "hey, that's a great hack!" just stop. Stop and say to yourself, "Self, I think you mean that's a great IDEA. Because putting fucking paint on a fucking glass is not a hack, no matter how pretty the finished product looks."
You don't need to spend a lot or be an expert at DIY or crafting to bring some ingenious decorating solutions into your living space. Today we gathered 20
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  • Pace University School of Law
    2007 - 2012
  • North Carolina State University
    Forest Management, 2004 - 2007
  • East Carolina University
    2002 - 2004
  • North Carolina School of Science and Math
    2000 - 2002
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