Pol, actually fairly good news: Show more
Also something I hadn't realised about the Luxembourg liberal coalition - they actually made a good-faith referendum attempt a couple of years ago at extending the franchise to migrants. They failed badly, but they still got over 1/5 of the vote for it. Enfranchising migrants should be a massive fight for European left/liberals in the next few years - in our mobile society, allowing migrants to vote where they live is vital to maintain a workable democracy.
Pol, actually fairly good news: Show more
Today in European elections, the Bavarian conservatives (CSU) lost their majority, losing twice as many votes to moderate/left parties (Greens/FW) as to the right. In Luxembourg, the main beneficiaries of the election were the Greens and Pirate Party, & the main conservative party lost seats.
Winning elections isn't much fun, nor ever a magic bullet - but it's still one of the things we can do that benefits most people in total, and it's good to see it happening.
Indian Palm Squirrel (Funambulus palmarum)
During the construction of the Rama Setu (bridge) by Lord Rama, a little squirrel also contributed in its own little way. It rolled in the beach sand and then ran to the end of the bridge to shake off the sand from its back.
Lord Rama, pleased by the creature's dedication, caressed the squirrel's back and ever since, the Indian squirrel carried white stripes on its back.
So I've been running a small chain writing project for a few months, please take a look at the results! We had 19 writers and created three SFF stories, respectively entitled "Last of a Kind", "Of Storms and Silence", and "The Divine and the Feline":
Let me know what you think of them :)
We're super happy to announce that our summer 2018 CHAIN WRITING PROJECT is now complete!
You can read the three resulting stories here:
Featuring 19 different writers from three different continents! Also swordfighting, octopuses, cats, deities, airships and hummingbird DNA! Do have a read and let us know what you think :)
We're hoping to run another chain writing project this winter!
Six days to end the plutocracy- I mean... till the Neofeud sale ends! 👑 😂
"An ambitious, intelligent, from-the-heart one-man cyberpunk adventure-game tour-de-force." --DeluxeTux
#cyberpunk #indiegame #showoffhour #screenshotsaturday
Hoopoes are great and iconically punk and have a huge amount of mythical symbolism that people forget nowadays - and it varies a lot, they were seen as unlucky birds in much of Europe but with religious or regal connotations in parts of Asia and Africa.
The name comes from their call and so is consistent across language families - they're upupa epops in the latin, alhudhud in Arabic, and even ოფოფი (opopi) in Georgian which rarely shares roots with other languages.
They're awesome, basically:
Presented without comment.
Image from page 703 of "Fishes" (1907)
my only completely finished piece from the last week-ish. the rest have been glazed but need to go to the kiln still.
it looks pretty and like a smol ramen bowl. 😍
Mushroom ID photo tips Show more
If you see a cool mushroom and you want to ask the internet what it is, here are some tips to get better answers:
* Get your camera down on the ground for pics of the stem, including where it meets the ground, and underneath the cap.
* If you pick the mushroom, cut it in half down the middle and take a picture.
* If you cut it, note whether it changes color.
* Smell it! Some smells are distinctive.
* If you're comfortable doing so, say what general region you're in.
I gravitate towards artists who tell stories. Like... there are artists who have tons of cool OCs but they never really tell their stories (in public?) in any way. While I enjoy their art it's hard for me to get invested. It works kind of like actual people I guess
It's Monday, we're mostly still here somehow, here is a pangolin to help you all through the difficult times we are all having because we all need more pangolins at the moment:
If I was looking for three fairly quick #sketch #commissions - 1-2 characters in each, general fantasy settings, probably a western/trad rather than very anime or chibi style - what sort of prices do people have for that sort of thing at the moment? (If you have open commissions please do point me to price guides/portfolios, though I do need to work out if this is going to be budget feasible so can't promise anything).
Historian of the medieval Caucasus, Digital Humanist, Radical Liberal, Founder of exilian.co.uk (@ExilianOfficial), game dev, storyteller. Possibly Pangolinish.
mastodon.at is open to all users and federates with most instances.
🇩🇪 🇦🇹 🇨🇭 mastodon.at ist offen für alle User und ist mit vielen anderen Instanzen verbunden.