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don’t want this story to take over tomorrow’s Friday Five, and I have a bit to say about the Smollett story. Joe Jervis, who runs the Joe.My.God blog, has stated many times his policy that he doesn’t link to reports about hate crimes unless one of three conditions have been met: 1) there has been an arrest of a suspected perpetrator, 2) there is video of at least part of the crime available, 3) there are uninvolved eyewitness accounts. In the years since articulating the criteria, he has made exceptions to the rule only when the national mainstream media was reporting it. Which everyone was shortly after actor and singer Jussie Smollett first reported being attacked by two men three weeks ago...

(The rest of this post is at FontFolly.Net.)

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2019-02-21 23:48
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Adium has finally stopped working entirely on Mac, and with Google shutting down it's textchat services, this means that if you used to get in touch with me via g+/chat or other text chats, you'll need to transfer over to my Discord server with this link.

https://discord.gg/ZAarz5Q
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Gneech.com and its sister site, BringingTheAwesome, are both getting a major overhaul! I’m working with Braid Creative to create a new “brand identity” to finally integrate my writing, coaching, editorial, and creative efforts under one unified whole (and a whole new website).





This is something that’s been a long time coming. I’ve been on the web since before it was “the web,” and so I have 25+ years of identities in silos all over the place. It’s time to just be the one “Me!” Writer, life coach, creative artist, giant nerd. They’re all in there. 😉





Stay tuned for progress reports as warranted!

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It's finally Friday. It's the third Friday in February in a very cold and slushy February for Seattle.

We've been snowed in most of the week. We're on track to have the one of the coldest Februaries on record. Our street is full of ice and slush that keeps refreezing every night.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: a special story of the week, the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories about writing and reading, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus a notable obituary and the things I've written).

Some stories are so awesome they deserve a heading to themselves:



My Wife and I Didn't Tell Our Children About Her Cancer . Have some kleenex handy...

Stories of the Week:



Unclaimed Bodies From the Opioid Epidemic Are Crowding Morgues - No One Really Knows What to Do With All of America’s Unclaimed Corpses.

The Opportunity Rover and the Pain of Giving Up .

Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature' .

One Year After Parkland: First the Murder, Then the Robbery.

The Broken Hearts Club: Inside the making of the 2000 gay rom-com.

This week in Writing and Reading:



Charlie Jane Anders' Ideas for Complex Characters of All Genders.

Oh No, She Didn’t: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed.

‘Retcon’: How To Rewrite Details In An Ongoing Series.

An Easy Tip for Getting Unstuck in a Scene.

The Most Powerful Force - how John W. Campbell Jr. influenced and formed science fiction in the 1930s to 1950s and how the genre eventually grew beyond him.

Awful, Deplorable People:



The Wall Is in Their Hearts - "The wall is being built. It’ll continue. It’s going at a rapid pace.”.

20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms .

The most powerful moment of the Whitaker hearing had nothing to do with Mueller - Rep. Pramila Jayapal grilled the acting attorney general about family separation — and he had no answers.

Rep. Ilhan Omar Would Just Like To Know Which Massacre Elliott Abrams Is Proudest Of.

Texas Sec. Of State Apologizes For Bogus Voter List Upon Confirmation Vote Delay.

In Memoriam:



John Dingell Jr.: A Wonkpreciation!.

You’re Living in the America John Dingell Made. “There’s really nobody in America who isn’t impacted—often in ways they don’t understand—by his work in Washington.”

Patricia Nell Warren, The Front Runner Author, Dies at 82.

Patricia Nell Warren, Author of the Groundbreaking Gay Novel ‘The Front Runner’, Has Died at 82.

Author & all around wonderful woman Patricia Nell Warren finishes her race.

Paperback Pioneer Betty Ballantine Dead at 99.

Legendary editor and publisher Betty Ballantine (1919-2019).

RIP, Oppy the Mars Rover - After 15 years, the adventurous spacecraft has finally bit the dust..

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 2/10/2019: Gruesome Killers and Unrepentant Ex-ex-gay Charlatans.

The unending struggle against thermal equilibrium, or, trying to get my coffee just right.

Definitely did not dodge the snow and ice.

Hate isn’t just a feeling: Attitudes and silence can cause as much harm as actions.

Videos!



Good Omens: Opening Title Sequence :



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The Real Black Panther - Black Leopard Spotted in Kenya:



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The Impossible Hugeness of Deep Time:



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Kacey Musgraves - Rainbow (Official Music Video):



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Ben Platt - "Ease My Mind" [Official Video]:



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It’s estimated that about 1.7 million teen-agers are homeless in America at any time. Of those, about 40% identify as queer (that’s 680,000 kids). According to research by the True Colors Fund and similar groups, the single biggest cause of those queer teens being homeless is family rejection because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The next most common reasons are abusive homophobia or transphobia in their school, church, or community, even when their parents don’t go to the extreme of kicking them out. ..

(The rest of this post is at FontFolly.Net.)
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New residents to the Seattle area always get amused when snow is in the forecast. Native Seattlites and long-term residents leave work early, make grocery store runs, and prepare for the worst at any forecast of more than a dusting of snow. “It’s only 2/4/6 inches!” these recent arrivals shout. “You guys are really overreacting.” If those people still live here the following winter, they do not repeat that folly. I grew up in the central Rocky Mountain region, where temperatures of -25ºF were common, where snow was deep enough most Octobers that you had to wear snow boots and a heavy coat to go trick-or-treating as a child, and so forth. So I thought I knew all about snow and cold weather. As a teen-ager when we first moved to western Washington I didn’t get it either...

(The rest of this post is at FontFolly.Net.)
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I have a favorite coffee mug. It’s purple and holds a large amount of coffee. It’s a nice, solid mug that isn’t top heavy (a feature that a previous favorite mug did not share, which resulted in a lot of spilled coffee and swearing). You know those markings on the side of most automatic drip coffee carafes that tell you how many cups are in the pot? If my favorite mug is completely empty and I fill it from such a pot, the numbers on the side indicate that I’ve poured out a bit more than four cups from the pot. A standard-ish modern coffee mug usually holds about two cups. So when I said this one is large I meant it...

(The rest of this post is at FontFolly.Net.)
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...To follow up on topics that I’ve included in previous Friday Five or Weekend Update posts. And since one of these involves the sentencing of a serial killer, I’m going to put it behind a cut tag. If you aren’t in the mood for discussion of gruesome murders, please don’t click. Otherwise…

(The rest of this post is at FontFolly.Net.)

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2019-02-09 17:43
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Well, let's just set up a discord server and see who shows up. https://discordapp.com/invite/ZAarz5Q
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...I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time, but first I really needed to write about Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series. Which I did last week.

When I heard McGuire say that as a child she loved stories where the child protagonists went to a magical world where they became heroes and warrior-princesses and the like, but was always so angry that they then had to go back home, I was nodding emphatically in agreement. I wanted to get lost in the misty woods and find myself caught in a war between goblins and elves. Or go around a bend on a lake shore and find myself face to face with a giant beetle who greeted me and told me we had to run because danger was coming and so forth.

Except I didn’t want to have to come home again after the first adventure was over. The other world was so much better than the real world. I recall one time when I asked a teacher I trusted why the stories always ended there, she wasn’t very understanding. “Wouldn’t you rather be home with your mom and dad and all your friends?”

She didn’t know what to say when I asked, “What friends?”...

(The rest of this post, that I meant to cross-post yesterday, is at FontFolly.Net.)
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It's finally Friday. It's the second Friday in February in a very weird February for Seattle.

After two months of warmer than normal weather, we're suddenly having much colder than normal plus a lot more snow than usual. It's just weird.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus a notable obituary and the things I've written).

Stories of the Week:



This Holocaust Survivor Had No Family. So 150 Strangers Attended His Funeral.

Hiding Homosexuality on the Cover of America’s Magazines a Century Ago. I will never pass up an opportunity to link to Joe Christian Leyendecker's artwork.

Democrats Have Had It With Allegations Of Voter Fraud .

How growing up on the road expanded my definition of travel.

Astronomers Accidentally Discover a Hidden Galaxy Right Next Door

Queer stories of the Week:



To Christian Parents of Gay Children.

Kirsten Gillibrand Introduces Bill to Allow Transgender Military Service.

Mike Pence will never allow Trump’s HIV pledge to become reality .

The lesbian 'blood sisters' who cared for gay men when doctors were too scared to.

Children of Gay Couples Do Better In School: New Study

Awful, Deplorable People:



‘Gamergate’ Advocate Arrested on Allegations of Molesting Child.

'They basically have nothing to do’: Trio of Republicans face life in exile - 'They basically have nothing to do’: Trio of Republicans face life in exile.

Founder of Proud Boys sues over being labeled hate group.

Things go from bad to worse with new revelations in Virginia.

Mitch McConnell, Enemy of the Vote .

In Memoriam:



Carol Emshwiller (1921-2019) .

Julie Adams Dead: 'Creature From the Black Lagoon' Actress Was 92.

James Ingram, Grammy-winning R&B singer, dead at 66.

Kaye Ballard, boisterous singer and actress, dies at 93

Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93.

R.I.P. Dick Miller, character actor legend from Gremlins, The Terminator, nearly 200 other movies.

Dick Miller, ‘Gremlins’ and ‘Terminator’ Actor, Dies at 90.

RIP Rocket Raccoon's Life Model, Mr. Oreo!

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 2/2/2019: Self-loathing always spills out as harm to others.

We couldn’t dodge the snow and ice forever, I guess.

The viaduct is being demolished at last — good riddance.

Rabbit Holes, Wardrobes, and Magical Doors—escaping into better worlds with sf/f.

Videos!



Trump's 2019 State of the Union Address: A Closer Look:



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Gay Asian Country Love Song:



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Sam Smith, Normani - Dancing With A Stranger:



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Ariana Grande "7 rings" | ASL VERSION with Nyle DiMarco:



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Pet Shop Boys - Give stupidity a chance (lyric video):



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