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:
LET THIS BE YOUR CHANCE TO SHOW NEWCOMERS THEY ARE WANTED.
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.)
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.
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 Chicken Legs
Irish Oat "Gnocchi"
Apples w/Lemon Juice
Honey & Herb Butters
Savory Toasted Cheese
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This is it. This is me taking that advice. So thank you for sharing!
This cake was made by for and 's wedding, with contribution by Tabi Matzke. Photo by . #MySCA
The tick larvae have gotten uppity. These guys decided to come back (inside) and bite me in the ass. Literally.
Yes, that is my THUMB.
Ticks come in bitty, tiny, small, "normal," and OMG HOW LONG HAS THAT BEEN FEEDING? The bitty larvae (teeny tiny with 6 legs instead of 8) don't generally carry diseases though, because they haven't attached to the animals that ticks pick them up from yet. So that's good, I guess, because these look like deer tick larvae as far as I can tell.
One of the best ways you can find attached ticks quickly is by just running your hands over your skin. Tiny ticks will feel like little skin tags/bumps. Bigger ones will feel like, well, bigger skin tags/bumps. It's a little harder to find them in hairy areas, but the same thing works if you're thorough. Do it right after you come in from outside, then again 15 minutes later, and again 15 more minutes later. If you find any, change your clothes and check any areas you've been sitting, then check yourself one more time 15 minutes or so later.
(These two got on me just from sitting on my porch with a long skirt on. Wearing shorts or short skirts is one of the best ways to avoid them because you'll usually feel them trying to crawl up your bare skin and pull them off before they even bite.)
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. (http://www.stylemotivation.com/20-amazing-diy-home-decor-hacks-anyone-can-do/) 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."
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