Where I come from they carry the children
to the shore line.
Our mothers blood so full of salt
the ocean knows us by
smell and touch.
And we walk into it with grasping hands
to baptise ourselves.
Yes of course we fear it, of
course it has held me in its depth
where I was home and lost
at the same time. But the mothers
carry us down to the shoreline
like a promise, a blessing
and a damnation. And we never
forget the taste of salt water.
The fifth and last of the color studies I posted pencils of last week. This is the closest I usually come to fan art. #mastoart
The color studies I posted pencils of last week (Baobab to follow -- Mastodon won't let me post a 5th image here). #mastoart
Pencils for color study of the fifth in the Nightshade Seed Co. series. #mastoart
Pencils for the color studies of a new series I'm painting for entering a science-fiction convention art show. Hoping that when I apply watercolor it'll give a better idea of what's going on, but for now these are just the compositions. (There's a fifth, which will be coming soon.) #mastoart
My decade-old Mustek large-format scanner refused to work yesterday. Don't know if it was the heat, as it was OK this morning.
However, I think I should be prepared in case it's giving signs it's about to croak for good. Any recommendations? The current platen size is 11.75"x17", although the actual maximum scanning dimensions are more like 11.5"x16.75".
I just posted on my Tumblr my review of _Victorian Occultism and the Making of Modern Magic_ (2011) by Alison Butler: http://ejbarnes.tumblr.com/post/175578802110/review-victorian-occultism-and-the-making-of
Thanks to a tax-lawyer friend, I have been made aware that the SCOTUS decision would only apply to states whose sales tax laws followed principles espoused by this group: http://www.streamlinedsalestax.org/
I was concerned that, even though South Dakota (the state bringing the suit) had passed laws making this only applicable to businesses that did thousands of dollars' worth of business in South Dakota, not all states that passed laws levying sales tax on out-of-state vendors would apply such limitations.
Fortunately, I'm already licensed to collect sales tax in 6 states, and PayPal allows me to set up a table for the sales tax to add. However, will this force me to get sales tax licenses in the other 44 states -- even the states that currently have none, such as New Hampshire? https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-rules-that-states-may-require-online-retailers-to-collect-sales-taxes/2018/06/21/a24e0100-755e-11e8-b4b7-308400242c2e_story.html?utm_term=.0eab3ca6a28f&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
My review of Mircea Eliade's 1956 book _The Forge and the Crucible_ is now on my Tumblr: http://ejbarnes.tumblr.com/post/175052220940/book-review-the-forge-and-the-crucible-the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gives award-winning editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers the sack: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2018/06/14/pittsburgh-post-gazette-fires-anti-trump-cartoonist-and-mayor-says-it-sends-wrong-message-about-press-freedoms/?utm_term=.139db277bf94&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
My colleague Aya Rothwell, who has a Master's degree in conservation biology, has a little comic about Lyme disease, deer ticks, and how to remove the latter: http://www.ayarothwell.com/comics/tick-minicomic.html
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