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    With all the craziness going on in this country, I wanted to share this song by a group my two daughters introduced me to back in the '90s
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    So I know it's not Mother's Day, but this is a funny video.
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    Oh boy, this is funny, Sarah!
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    Pardon me, your epidermis is showing, sir I couldn't help but note your shade of melanin I tip my hat to the colorful arrangement Cause I see the beauty in the tones of our skin We've gotta come together And thank the Maker of us all We're colored people, and we live in a tainted place We're colored people, and they call us the human race We've got a history so full of mistakes And we are colored people who depend on a Holy Grace A piece of canvas is only the beginning for It takes on character with every loving stroke This thing of beauty is the passion of an Artist's heart By God's design, we are a skin kaleidoscope We've gotta come together, Aren't we all human after all? We're colored people, and we live in a tainted place We're colored people, and…
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    I am an audiobook narrator. No, this is not a self-promotion. I just had one of my projects (80 hours of work) pulled from audible because the person putting up the book on acx.com had no right to it. People are stealing books right off Amazon and nobody, I mean this in capitals NOBODY is checking. I spoke with the actual rights holder and he is ready to sue. But acx refuses to speak with him because they half acknowledge the false rights holder because he got in first. They see it as the false rights holder violating their policy, not the law. They are protecting him. I am here to urge you as an author to contract with any narrator you like to create audiobooks from all your titles, old and new. The scammers are looking for old titles that authors are not keeping as close an eye on. Please, save yourself, and some hapless narrator like me serious disappointment and legal anguish.
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    Interview with Sam Hopper known around here as @Micaiah She launched her book Links of the Two Worlds yesterday, which is also her birthday! Well done, Micaiah! And Happy Birthday!
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    The newest post from my website. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you'll share your stories below of when your were stung, and how you handled it. https://alleyhart.com/2020/07/writing-parables-wasp-ambush/
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    If you posted an early draft for critique and it was picked up by a pirate. This would be a case that would be hard to prove, since the work didn't have its copyright registered. ( Legally, it's copyrighted after you write it, but registration is part of the publication process.) It's incumbent on you to prove prior authorship, substantial correspondence, and access to your original work. The "unconscious plagiarism" suit against George Harrison is an example. There was substantial correspondence between the melodies of "My Sweet Lord" and "He's So Fine." The latter had been previously recorded by the Chiffons and copyrights were registered for the lyrics, the melody, and the recording. Harrison had some familiarity with the work of Phil Spector, credited as producer for the earlier recording. Punitive damages were not awarded because no case could be made for intentional plagiarism. SW has a worse story of copyright infringement, but you have to protect your work, published or not. I trust the critique forum on this site because I've seen the safeguards.
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    Hey, your story Waiting was in it and that was fantastic!
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    Thank you, but SW is the one who deserves all the credit for that, it's his book. I only provided a short story to go with it.
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    I was moved by your article, Alley. When my children were young, they played basketball in the back yard. My son mistook the smooth sided white orb cemented between the shrubs as their ball, striking it with his hand (obviously not too hard). It was, in fact a wasp nest equal in size. A few emerged, sounding the alarm for backup. The inhabitants fled after I blasted it liberally with the garden hose, and no one was stung. I suppose they thought the deluge was a natural phenomenon. Later, it fell to the ground, the paper layers collapsed within themselves.
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    you skipped bridge 😁 Ignorance has wronged some races And vengeance is the Lord's If we aspire to share this space Repentance is the cure Well, just a day in the shoes of a color blind man Should make it easy for you to see That these diverse tones do more than cover our bones As a part of our anatomy
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    For amino acids which you'll need for life, or most biological materials for that matter, you'll primarily want Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Nitrogen, sometimes grouped together as CHON. Since water gives a lot of what you're after, you might save transportation costs on the rest by transporting the carbon & nitrogen as the gas cyanogen, all carbon and nitrogen, which can be frozen at easily workable temperatures. A big handling problem is that the stuff is deadly in this form (essentially, it's two cyanide radicals glommed together...) Yet this saves the cost of transporting the mass of the hydrogen in the methane and ammonia (roughly 12-15% "dead weight"), which you might not have much to bond to, once brought to the destination, anyway. Yet if you can break the cyanogen into its constituent elements at destination, you do save big on those transportation costs. Note that, rather than dipping into the atmospheres of gas giants for these materials (low-grade ore...) you might look to large moons of gas giants, like Titan orbiting Saturn in our solar system. It has much more concentrated amounts of ammonia and methane (atmosphere, and lakes of the stuff!!), which you could more easily collect and then transport to destination, in whatever way you eventually like. There are other materials you might posit are already available at your destination world, like phosphorous, sodium, potassium, calcium, etc...
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    I think SW is right, I found this article (https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/databank/entries/do53am.html) and briefly scanned it, seems you need both.
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    My understanding of the Nitrogen Cycle is that Nitrogen is used for amino acids and DNA as well, but it's been a while since I really brushed up on my biology. At any rate Methane is super critical as well.
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    Methane might be better because it also helps produce the amino acids needed for life. I can't quickly find a use for Nitrogen other than fertilizer, so some will be needed depending on the terraforming process. Unfortunately I don't have a good general understanding of that at this time to go farther than that.
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    If I understand it right, nitrogen is converted by plants from its gaseous state to ammonia which is used as food. It also acts as a diluter to keep the oxygen from igniting. I was going to use it for these reasons while another species supplied the water-based and land-based plants to create the oxygen. I would also need a minimal amount of it hauled from off-world since plants do need a slight amount for their processes. I may just turn to methane collection as certain gas giants have this as well and use it to heat the planet as a greenhouse gas. The problem with this is it’s harder to collect when it’s in the atmosphere.
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    Just checked my sp novel.not listed for audio.Phew!
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    You did! Spoken with respect and admiration! We serve the God of AND! From what I know, after reading The Case for Creation by Lee Stroebel and watching the Elegant Universe by Brian Greene (he is not a believer and all the time, to me he seems to be hitting his head against a glass wall that if he looked closely, he'd see God pressed up close against.), we don't limit God if we say we are alone and we don't limit God if we say we have company. From a friend's experience, I believe God does not like to repeat Himself. Each individual creature He makes, down to each and every humble amoeba, is different from its mates. Only God could do that! God gave us His creativity. What if He gave us a blueprint and said, "Oh guys! Go for it! Let's see where your imaginations take us!"? There might be multiverses out there! What if aliens are saved the same way leopards and polar bears are? Just as God used the nation Israel among many nations to work out His plan, perhaps He used one species and one planet among many. In the end, perhaps humans have the questionable dignity of being the only ones who needed to know and accept Christ. We were made rebellious and dull and our acceptance works for everybody. Sounds like Grace to me! In the end, the only one who needs to be satisfied with the plan and the outcome is God. The bigger we imagine Him, the better off we all are.
  20. 1 point
    Great beginning!
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