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  1. The Novice Maera has completed her requirements to be Raised to Accepted and may post her Arches when ready. Please hold the congratsing until the Arches have been posted
  2. Greetings all. I've been torn away for a couple of weeks. First a house move into a temporary apartment while our new house is being built. Then my father-in-law passed away suddenly, so there was that. Meanwhile, I finished another painting. "Overlaps" Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 36" My art photography needs work, I'm afraid. Definitely not Instagram-worthy.
  3. Ugh, Lily. That sounds awful. Sounds like you'll be better off without him.
  4. JamesBrown, SwordCaptain I'm looking forward to the sight of strong women in beautiful dresses.
  5. Yes @Lavandula, I came up through Me'Arearth. During my early days, the Disc here was not very active. So I chose it because it aligned with my core self IRL. I lean toward the mental, intellectual side of things, although a superior Warder strives to maintain balance among all three aspects--body, mind, soul.
  6. My latest. "Overlaps" Acrylic on canvas 24" x 36"
  7. My son also is a big fan of Warhammer40K. He's collected and painted many miniatures himself. What amazes me is that growing up he always turned up his nose at "art", leaning more toward STEM subjects. Art is everywhere, I suppose.
  8. Request granted. Just leave the cake on the barracks dining table. We'll make sure it's well taken care of.
  9. Do The Right Thing 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, 1989. Directed by Spike Lee Starring Spike Lee, Dannie Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee Do The Right Thing was written, produced, directed by, and featured Spike Lee, received numerous awards, and was selected by the Library of Congress as "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant." Set in a neighborhood in Brooklyn, the story features a wide cast of characters during a summer heat wave. Racial tensions are always high, and only exacerbated by the humid heat. Lee plays the role of "Mookie", a pizza delivery man with little ambition, working for the pizzeria's owner, an Italian-American named Sal (Dannie Aiello) and Sal's two grown sons. A friend of Mookie's named Buggin Out doesn't like that Sal's restaurant features a wall of Italian-American celebrities but doesn't have any African-Americans, especially since the neighborhood is mostly black. Sal refuses to change his wall of photos, and Buggin Out tries to foment a protest and boycott. Tensions continue to rise, until a young black man named Radio Raheem, who is known for blasting Public Enemy on his boombox, gets into a heated argument with Sal. The police are called, and in the scuffle, Radio Raheem is accidentally killed by the arresting cops. The neighborhood residents are outraged at the police brutality and start to riot, directing their anger toward Sal and his sons. Mookie throws a trash can through Sal's window, and the crowd surges inside, looting the restaurant and eventually setting it on fire. In the aftermath, one young man is dead, Sal's restaurant is destroyed, and everyone is simmering with anger. The film ends with two opposing quotes about racial violence, one by Martin Luther King Jr who advocated non-violence, and the other by Malcolm X who argued for armed resistance to oppression. In the end credits, Lee dedicates the film to six families who have suffered racial violence or police brutality. Critical reception of Do The Right Thing was high from the beginning, making many Top Movie Lists for 1989. However, some were critical of the film's content, concerned that it would encourage black rioting. One unanswered question is whether Mookie did in fact Do the Right Thing by throwing a trash can through Sal's window. It seemed clear to me that it was the lesser of two evils--had the crowd not been distracted by the chance to loot and burn the restaurant, they likely would have turned their violence against Sal, against his sons, against the Korean grocery store across the street. Mookie chose to channel and diffuse the mob violence into a safer, non-lethal avenue. I found this film difficult to watch. The set is designed with bright reds and oranges, suggesting the summer's heat that had so many characters on edge. It was hard to watch so many angry people shouting at each other. But as a white man growing up in tame, suburban America, I have no reference to the inner-city challenges that Lee portrayed on screen. It's easy to dismiss characters like Mookie and Buggin Out for suffering deprivation due to their own lack of ambition. But what use is working hard if the end result is systemic oppression? I don't have the answers to such questions, but I support Spike Lee's effort to raise them.
  10. D'awwwww! Hey there, little guy. You look so fierce I could just eat you up. Thank you, Ryrin.
  11. A word of warning to the newbies. Do NOT engage in Rock Paper Scissors with Mills. He will psych you out until you defeat yourself. Welcome back, good sir.
  12. Hey there, Mills. Good to see you.
  13. The worst part is unpacking something at your new place, then deciding you don't need it after all and getting rid of it.
  14. Entomology, for sure. Bugs vs. fungi? No contest. Would you rather it be too warm, or too cold?
  15. I saw an interview with Trevor Noah. He said that as a family they would go out, but his black mother would have to pass herself off as a family servant to be accepted in public. Unreal.
  16. If you like Indiana Jones, then you would enjoy the novel King Solomon's Mines. While you're reading, try this: S'mores Martini I like the artwork of Piet Mondrian, and
  17. Welcome, you two. We warders don't have anything in the pipeline right now. I certainly wouldn't want to compete with the Brown Ajah's Chocolate Week. Sadly, our activity here is rather slow and sporadic. I prefer to think that most of our numbers are Out On Assignment™.
  18. Careful, ladies. Bob is not to be trifled with.
  19. I just finished watching Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing. I'll write something up shortly.
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