Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Salisbury Pride - We The Peopleing With Panache

Portable Weirdness will be at Salisbury Pride this Saturday, June 24th. Get your face to the place! It's free to the public to soak up some music, dance, fashion statements that are good for the soul, community info, human rights info, and some excellent opportunities to support your local artists and crafters and score some quality loot in one swell foop.

You know what else happens when you show up at GLBT Pride events? A kid that may be getting told "you're an embarrassment" or "you're a pervert" or "God hates you" at school or at home, with or without getting slapped around along

with it, sees that they aren't alone. Someone who got fired from their job or run out of their place to live or denied service at a business sees that other people give a crap what happens to them. Government officials see the numbers of people who want equality for everyone.

You don't even have to accept GLBT lifestyles to do all that. All you have to do is say "I'm not content to have some of my fellow human beings treated like garbage, even if I don't agree with them". We all bleed red, people.

And maybe, just maybe, the more people say that, the fewer times we'll have to know that GLBT people bleed the same color as all other Homo sapiens.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Cretaceous Amber Time Capsule

Fabulous Enantiornithes fossil in amber found in Myanmar, with loads of detail to learn from. Seriously jealous here.

Of all your species and era, you're one of the handful that we get to meet in person, Birdlet. Tell us stories, and live forever  ;0)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Muslims Speaking Up

Next time someone whinges that "the Muslim community needs to speak up against terrorists", plunk their butts down with some popcorn and this:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Charlotte March For Truth

It actually was more of a rally than a march due to permit timing, but I think last Saturday's gathering served it's purpose. It was meant to call attention to voters who are tired of the ongoing mudslide of "alternative facts" coming from Lord Commander Marmalade and his excuse for an administration. People who want some documentable facts to emerge in Russian involvement and influence in the election and the current who's who in the White House, business conflicts of interest for the same, obstructions of justice in the investigation into the same, and all the other shady mess also attached to the same.

 That's a lot of same. I'm hoping Comey's testimony tomorrow washes some of the obscuring sludge away, but I do have to be a little bit skeptical of how much he or anyone else are going to finally be willing to say, given tRump's habit of acting like a spoiled playground bully and how many Russian operatives seem to have come up dead in the last little while.

On one hand, if anything bad happens to Comey right now, or anything else seems to impede the ongoing investigations, it's going to make tRump and his clowns look even worse.

On the other, they don't really seem to care about that, and neither do the more rabid portions of The Base. And quite a few of them are waaaaaay too proud of how belligerent they can get about their right to wave guns around and do some loud chest beating for me.

Wasn't able to get pics of all the really great signs, but props to everybody who, as I've seen over and over again this year, put their creative muscle and heart where their opinions are.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Got Axolotl?

On today's installment of Things That Don't Suck, we bring you Water Dog On A Mission ;0)

Anti-Vaxx Bigot

Person comments to me "offering a workshop on Critical Thinking is just sad ego pandering, saying you should get to tell someone else how to think".

I disagree. I think it's self-preservation. These flaming batshit motherfuckers can drive, breed, and vote. And my way is for the most part kinder AND cheaper than just launching them all into the sun.

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)