Adventures Elsewhere — May 2017

Jun. 21st, 2017 06:21 pm
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Adventures Elsewhere collects our reviews, guest posts, articles, and other content we've spread across the Internet recently! See what we've been up in our other projects. :D


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On Garden Pollinators

Jun. 20th, 2017 05:59 pm
[personal profile] robby posting in [community profile] gardening
 Over the years, I've noticed that my garden has a range of different pollinators. Sure, the European honey bees do show up, but it's for the big events, like almond or lemon trees in blossom. Less glamorous pollinators, like native bumble bees and various flies do the everyday pollination of my squash, eggplant and plum trees. 

Here's a link to an article that describes the connection between the honey bee and modern agriculture, and points out that in a thriving diverse ecosystem (like our gardens) we still can rely on the more natural range of pollinators.

www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/06/13/532729268/why-honeybees-are-the-wrong-problem-to-solve

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Jun. 16th, 2017 08:37 pm
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It's late on Friday, but I said it was a day I could post, so here we go.

I did my big declutter on Monday, moving 22 banker's boxes of books from my garage to another way across town for a book pickup by 3 Illinois prison librarians. 3Rs is a local organization that trys to get books for these libraries - Illinois provides them with NO money, and has not since 2001. I had been collecting books from want lists for about 8 months, and Tuesday was pickup day for them. They all took a good many books, but left plenty as well. My friend whose garage we used will need to get someone to haul them to Books to Prisoners, another organization we take part in, so we can possibly sell them at the fall book sale.

For your interest, fantasy series books are very popular. I managed to collect a complete set of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time for one library, and got a lot of other books for the others.

I have a pile of books for B2P and 3Rs in one corner of my living room. My next project is to sort these and get them moved either to a big plastic box in my garage or to the B2P sorting room. This last has to be done in stages, since I will carry them on the bus in big cloth bags and I can only do one or two of these at a time. I have a couple of stacks of the first to go assembled, and will carry them off on Tuesday.
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Eight Book Minimum: This edition brought to you by Fangirl Happy Hour.

Some of you may know that I do the transcripts for [personal profile] renay and [twitter.com profile] booksmugglers's podcast, Fangirl Happy Hour. This is where it really starts to show up in my reading. It turns out that if I read the books they're gonna be talking about, I know how to spell everyone's names! And don't get spoiled, but no, seriously, being able to spell all of the character names is my favourite thing and makes everything infinitely less stressful, 10/10 would recommend.

... Of course, now [personal profile] renay can use her powers for evil to get me to read all the stuff she's recced to me over the years, but no one tell her that.


  1. Avengers: The Children's Crusade by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung [Jump]

  2. Another Castle by Andrew Wheeler and Paulina Ganucheau [Jump]

  3. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North and Erica Henderson [Jump]

  4. Ms Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jacob Wyatt [Jump]

  5. Ms Marvel Volume 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Elmo Bondoc [Jump]

  6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo [Jump]

  7. Ms Marvel Volume 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona [Jump]

  8. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo [Jump]


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Reading Goals


Reading goal: 32/150 (8 new this post) Prose: 13/50 (2 new this post)
New-to-me female authors: 6/75 (1 new this post: Erica Henderson)
#getouttamydamnhouse: 18/90 (6 gone this post)
#unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub: 9/32 (4 new this post: Avengers: The Children's Crusade, Another Castle, Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom)

Nowhere, Santa Clara | Yves Olade

Jun. 16th, 2017 07:06 pm
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I crawled out through the hotel window,
and lay slaughtered on the roof, thinking:

Nothing is beautiful here: even the thousand
suns struggle to provoke a light of healing
rather than scorching. I felt the gold cut
through me and cauterise the wound. half-
finished and aching, I was a dangerous thing
—an injured animal still hunting. Birds
flinched from my hands and flowers
withered into kindling. My own blood
refused to run through my fingers. I was
incessant, perpetual—running barefoot
through the woods towards the creaking
heart of my body. Only rain came out to
greet me as it struck the undergrowth
with an open palm. I ran like a bush fire
was chasing. Salt settled into the ground
behind me, and the pulse of the earth
stuttered and was slowing.

Sidetracks - June 15, 2017

Jun. 15th, 2017 05:18 pm
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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Wednesday, 14/6

Jun. 14th, 2017 07:18 pm
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Before I start on What I Managed Today (spoiler: little), I'm wondering whether a regular post for people to comment on would go somewhat towards getting a little activity in this comm? Daily might be a little challenging as a starting point, but maybe twice weekly (say, Wednesday and Saturday?) to see whether there is much response?

So - what did I declutter today. Mostly, I've been finding rubbish. I've had several deliveries in recent days, and thus there is much packaging. About half of this has gone in the bin, the rest is going to be stashed for possible further use (assuming that there is still space in the 'postal packaging' box; if not it is going in the bin).

I also dealt with one item out of the sewing pile, which doesn't get it out of the house, but at least gets it back into general usage, and out of the general class of items cluttering up my sewing room.

Ordinary Days | Stephen Dunn

Jun. 11th, 2017 07:38 am
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The storm is over; too bad I say.
       At least storms are clear
about their dangerous intent.

Ordinary days are what I fear,
      the sneaky speed
with which noon arrives, the sun

shining while a government darkens
      a decade, or a man
falls out of love. I fear the solace

of repetition, a withheld slap in the face.
     Someone is singing
in Portugal. Here the mockingbird

is a crow and a grackle, then a cat.
    So many things
happening at once. If I decide

to turn over my desk, go privately wild,
     trash the house,
no one across town will know.

I must insist how disturbing this is—
     the necessity
of going public, of being a fool.

State of the Garden, June Edition

Jun. 9th, 2017 03:45 pm
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So much rain means lots of growth. Unfortunately, it also means things bloom, but no pollinators are around to fertilize them, because of the rain. Here's hoping at least a week of no rain every day will help in that case.

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The Heirloom tomato Indigo Rose has at least a dozen tomatoes in various sizes now. The Omar's Lebanese has a few tiny ones started.

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