Thursday, May 25, 2017

First Annual Gathering Of The Bards

New event! Calling all Bards, Storytellers, Singers, Musicians, Blowhards, Wordsmiths, and other free range creative peeps!

Elder Grove Publishing is hosting their first Gathering Of The Bards contest in Greenville, SC, and they're also looking for crafty, arty, whatevery people to show off their creative efforts in a market faire at the event.

Musical Guest of Honor is Mama Gina - if that doesn't make you squee, click on that link and see what you're missing. But you don't have to be a seasoned professional bardic badass to compete or to just show up and soak up all the creative coolness. See ya there  ;0)

Portable Weirdness - 2017 Summer Parks & Rec Classes

Schedule and details for the Concord Parks & Rec 2017 summer classes are up! I'm doing these through June, July, and August:

Shoulda Wooda Coulda - Beginner wood working; simple projects that give you a feel for working with wood and various tools with only minimal personal injury or property damage

Just Bling it - Beginner personal accessory making; choose a necklace, earring(s), bracelet, keychain, hair tie, car mirror hanger, etc. and cruise into being an artsy little bugger with the greatest of ease

Anyone Can Sculpey - Sculpey clay is excellent for both hard core crafty types and people that think they can't do anything creative; even if you screw it up, you just tell people it's non-objective and yer good to go. I'm willing to bet a six pack I can send you home with something you don't have to do that with  ;0)

Urban Gardening - No space? No problem! We're going to build stuff that will let you grow herbs and veggies even in a space so small you have to step out of it to change your mind

Registration is required, since all materials, tools, and safety gear are provided and the city does need signatures on paperwork in case someone does something dumb that I'm going to have to yell at them for. Holler if you have any questions that aren't covered on the P & R website. See ya this summer  ;0)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

More Activist Than Thou

(Puts preachy ass hat on, hoses off soapbox)

Or you can go with Shakespeare's “Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well”.

I can't make up my mind if the people I see downgrading damn near every effort at activism, change, or constructive cooperation are just throwing excuses to get out of actually doing anything except being keyboard jockeys or so tied up in SJW Purity Signalling they can't move a finger except to give it to someone they don't approve of.

Nothing is ever going to be good enough for you if you demand that all elements and variables of an effort meet a set of inviolate expectations. If nothing else, any arena you're trying to solve problems in is going to involve somebody besides you and needs other than yours. Declaring that everybody else is a sell out or a fake or a traitor just because they have some priorities or peripheral issues that don't match yours seamlessly just means you have no team. If you have no team, you have no game. You're only spiting yourself.

And if you're one of the dopeasses that are 110% certain that a dog is better off being euthanized than being adopted by someone currently without a sufficiently sized fenced-in yard, or a kid is better off in a foster home than being adopted by someone whose beliefs or lifestyle you don't agree with (within reason here), or that you should repudiate a local protest march against institutional bigotry because only two of the six original organizers represent minorities you recognize as legitimate, you're also spiting everyone else who might benefit from any forward movement at all.

Any sane living creature who's dehydrating to death isn't going to turn down a cup of water because it's not big enough, or not spring water, or not in a BPA safe bottle. They're going to drink it so they can try to stay alive long enough to get more.

There's a crapton of metaphorical social and civil dehydration going on all over the world, and there's going to be more. Instead of dumping the water out because it's not good enough for you, ask the other people who need it if it's good enough for them.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Poo-American On Lord Commander Marmalade

Mailing Poo-American's excellent comments to NC's shoddy excuse for representatives. I can't seem to write any myself that don't include the phrases "Putin's cock holster buffing rags", "chronic recto-cranial inversion", or "fucking pathetisad cowardly lying sacks of rancid pig shit".

NoDa Eclectic Market, Last Call For Spring

Portable Weirdness will be at NoDa Eclectic Marketplace this Saturday, May 20, from 10 am to 3 pm. The free admission market is in the parking area behind Smelly Cat Coffeehouse and the farmer's market in Charlotte's North Davidson neighborhood.

This will be the last one till they crank back up in September, so come on out and check out all the amazing goodies! I'll have new rocks and fossils from the May Franklin show, new Gourdians, and new experiments in bling. See ya there ;0)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Avengers & Pre-Existing Conditions Blues

Nicked from Phil Brucato & friends because Made Of Winness  ;0)

 . . . also . . . .

Because SQUIRREL!!!, Dammit

On Today's Installment Of Things That Don't Suck, we bring you Squirrel Huffs Flower. Yer welcome  ;0)

Sally Yates Testimony, or Countering Mansplaining & Spin For Fun & Profit

And the White House and GOP are still trying to spin the whole sorry mess with Russia, Flynn, and various other officials as a problem with another persisting "uppity" woman and "unpatriotic" whistleblowing . .  .

Go home, Boys, you're just making heinous asses of yourselves (salutes) #SallyYatesIsAPatriot

NoDa Eclectic Marketplace

Portable Weirdness will be at NoDa Eclectic Marketplace this Saturday, May 13, from 10 am to 3 pm. The free admission market is in the parking area behind Smelly Cat Coffeehouse in Charlotte's North Davidson neighborhood. NDEM runs for two more weekends before it closes for the summer, because asphalt + upper 90's = bloody frakking hot, but will resume in September. Come on out and peruse the coolness!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Beltaine In The Forest 2017

 Portable Weirdness will be back at Charleston WV's Beltaine In The Forest this Saturday, May 6th, with the Usual Suspects and still more new schwag for you to peruse and oogle.

Miles will be there with books and hooves and extraordinarily bad puns, and I'm also teaching the Working With Land Wights class.

If you've done the class before, I'm still collecting data and we have some new additions to the family, so the more observational input** I can get the better, and it's much appreciated. If you haven't and are saying "what the hell is she babbling about?", give the class overview a look over. Then come out and have some fun talking to a buncha Dead Guys. There may be homework, there will be cookies ;0)

See ya there!
**that would be relevant observations - "you're a batshit fruitcake" doesn't count  ;0)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cards Against Humanity For Humanity

CAH is already beyond cool for so many reasons, like using their expansion packs for scholarships and other fundraisers, making the game available to download and print yourself as a money saver option, and trolling the hell out of heinous jerks like Ammon Bundy & His Cast Of Idiots. But they have another point of cool that you may not get to see unless you buy something off the main site.

After you submit your shipping address, this happens:

Then this happens:

Rock on, you fabulous freaks  ;0)

More WIN from the Science Marches

I adore you people. Nerd Pride FTW (salutes)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tax March, Or Calling Bullshit On Lord Commander Marmalade Some More

Grateful to everyone who participated in all the Tax Marches all over while my happy ass had to miss going to any. Since I didn't get to commit acts of excellent signage, I'm going to appreciate y'alls'.

Keep it up; being America does not exempt us from being able to go the way of Turkey or Russia. I am not willing to slide quietly into Fascism merely because of trendy ignorance and fashionable apathy.

 By the way, Lord Commander Marmalade, we protestors are the ones paying us to protest. We pay for our gas to get there, the signs we make, shoes we can walk in for hours, and everything else that goes with it. So all you gotta do to "look into who's paying them" is go to a protest, you'll be looking right at us. Bring a hardhat and a rain poncho. Or maybe you'd be safer showing up in a burqa. Either way, you don't have to worry about a visit to the ER wrecking your life like so many of us do, so you should be fine with it.

Religion Zodiac & Trollbusting

Trollbusting, yer doin' it rite ;0)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hippie Fest 2017

Portable Weirdness and the usual suspects plus some new bling and other goodies will be at Hippie Fest 2017 in Charlotte, NC, April 22nd!

Bring yourself (and any instruments you play) out to the new location and soak up some great music and performers, fabulous art and crafts, and laid back atmosphere.

Admission is free; parking is $5 cash, which is a great deal because it fixes the really messy parking and traffic problems of last year.

There's stuff for kids to do, and you can try your own hand at being crafty at the DIY Tie Dye tent.
See ya there ;0)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Badger Skillz, Or Do Have A Cow, Man

 . . . freakin' overachievers . . . ;0)

From the article that explains why this is extra cool on more than one level: The video shows the badger working day and night for five days. Then, it built a den connected to the carcass and did not surface often. University of Utah researcher Evan Buechley: "So it worked overtime for five days like really, really intensely, and then it just had a two-week feeding fest."

Friday, March 17, 2017

Portable Weirdness At Rowan County Fairground March 18-19

Portable Weirdness will be at Rowan County Fairgrounds March 18 - 19 from 8 am till 5 pm for the March Antique & Yard Sale. The name doesn't really do this sprawl of eclectic perusables justice; amble out to 1560 Julian Rd, Salisbury, NC and see for yourself. I'll have all the Usual Suspects and new bling, and doing carving demos if you want to take a shot at it yourself. See ya there ;0)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Lawyer Flash Mobs - No US Airport Is Complete Without One

It ain't over yet. Want to do something besides repost memes on social media? Here's a handy Nasty Activist Cheat Sheet:

ACLU How You Can Help page - Knowing your rights, organizing events, donating time or money to helping people who don't have access to legal advocacy

Amnesty International - human rights advocacy at local, regional, national, and global levels

International Rescue Committee - refugee advocacy at global level

A Former Staffer Explains How to Call Your Representatives - Sarah Gray, former staff assistant for Sen. Barbara Boxer has pro tips on making good on your tax dollars and local votes

Contacting Your Representatives - how to find who to talk to after you read the previous article

Call The Halls  - downloadable guide on finding your representatives and talking to them after you find them from Congressional constituent services staffer Emily Ellsworth