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11 September 2011 @ 01:00 am
3. Oct. 11  
So it has come to my attention that it shall in fact be 3. Oct. 11 shortly. And there has already been a post asking people what they will do for this. One of these suggestions caught my eye.


So I have taken it upon myself (and if anyone else wants to help, it would not be unwwelcome, quite the opposite in fact...) to organise a global event.

This is just a post to g
auge the peoples oppinon and willingness to join in.
ladraoveladraove on September 10th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
If I had any drawing skills whatsoever, I would totally be all over this. Hopefully the idea takes off, though, it's great!

(If you need help organizing I'd be more than willing to lend a hand.)
Rainy with a Chance of Mudslides...randomdiversion on September 10th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
YAY! An organizer! :D

I happened to just google 'sidewalk chalk law' and found this about NYC:


My point here is that everyone who participates should ask their local town police (that is, call the non-emergency police business line with a question) about the rules for sidewalk chalk art, and if necessary get permission to do the art ahead of time so nobody gets fined or anything. Letting law enforcement in on the prank in places where you need to, isn't going to ruin the prank's surprise for everyone else.
Yuuki Hikari: Happy Winryyuukihikari on September 10th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
I don't have the free time to help out with organization, but I'll certainly try and see if I can do something that weekend.

Suggestion for people doing circles: use BIG FAT CHALKS. I used up three boxes of smaller chalks that broke constantly the last time I did a circle project XD;
Rainy with a Chance of Mudslides...randomdiversion on September 10th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
My local Bed Bath and Beyond has a sale on sidewalk chalk right now--on clearance since it is the end of summer. I think it's a US-wide (if not world-wide) chain, so that might be a place to look for fat chalk cheap (the sticks are about an inch or more in diameter).
Just Livi...teaandsoul on September 10th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
This sounds like a really fun idea, but I'd second randomdiversion on looking into laws about this kind of thing. (Obviously people need to do this in their own areas since they will all be different.)

But yeah, sounds awesome! I'd absolutely love to do that in my neighborhood!
Just Livi...teaandsoul on September 10th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
...on second thought, it still sounds like amazing fun, but are people who don't understand (of whom there are many) going to think it's some sort of...religious thing? Or perhaps an anti-religion/"casual Satanist" thing? :x Because that's the conclusion many people seem to leap to the moment they see unfamiliar symbols. I've had conversations with people like that.

Doesn't necessarily mean I don't want to do it anyway...just wanted to bring it up...^^;
adoxerella: Quichemotherfuckeradoxerella on September 11th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
I have resisted the urge to put a Flamel decal cross on my car because I was afraid of this very thing. If it doesn't fit in with what they understand as religious some people automatically assume it's evil.
Rainy with a Chance of Mudslides...randomdiversion on September 11th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
imho that's part of the point. We're in a world that has become so paranoid of the 'out of the ordinary' that anything harmlessly odd gets automatically painted as a threat.

Imagine if people start thinking its some kind of satanic symbol and then find out they've been duped by a cartoon reference. Do you think some might realize how silly they've been to be so paranoid?

Anyway with social media available it should be possible to nip those rumors in the bud if they get started. Someone says "oh its a satanic symbol", just counter-tweet or post or whatever--"no it's not, it's from a cartoon you silly goose, here's a link to a pic in the manga."

imho, anyway. ymmv.
adoxerella on September 11th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes I agree with your intent, but you expect the people around here to use logic. Sadly the only logic in this podunk area is troll logic, so if I showed them the anime or manga, they would assume those were satanic as well. The only social media the masses here care about are the ones that support their opinions.

I would love to enlighten the masses, sadly I wouldn't have a chance if I came out in the morning to discover they keyed my car in the middle of the night (which can happen if you have the wrong political affiliation here, let alone something seen as 'evil').

So I'll keep working on my transmutation circle knitting charts in the comfort of my own home, and cheer on those of you who decide to play with public fannishness from a safe distance.
Rainy with a Chance of Mudslides...randomdiversion on September 11th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
You know your area. If it is too dangerous, don't do it.

Sadly that's the kind of area most in need of having its views challenged, though.
Rainy with a Chance of Mudslides...randomdiversion on September 11th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Profile-->town name-->google-->population 8700.

Yeah, don't risk it if they're rabid fundies, in a town that small they'll figure out it was you and harass you to misery.

:hugs: Sorry for you having to endure such a socially rigid area. On the bright side it looks kind of country-like so maybe you have good produce, places to bicycle, and access to horses.
natekeehlnatekeehl on September 11th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
omg if I'd never seen this post, maybe I would have miss the date D:!
Transmutation circle drawing sounds pretty awesome and I totally want to do it .w.
Though does it need to be made by chalk(?) Maybe we can use some other thing to make the circle (it come to my mind the idea of making the circle in my university's garden, so it can't be made by chalk)

Nevertheless, it's an awesome idea :D
Rainy with a Chance of Mudslides...randomdiversion on September 11th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
To do it on grass you could use gypsum, which is what they use to make white lines on sports fields. It is a white-powder soil conditioner that should not damage the plants--you can buy it in gardening stores. Wear plastic gloves as it can be a bit drying to the hands.
Aveonaaveona on September 11th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
I'm going to start practicing!
shindkrowshindkrow on September 11th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
Any reccomendations for us apartment dwellers? (3rd floor = no backyard... can't use the public property and all...)
Rainy with a Chance of Mudslides...randomdiversion on September 11th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
Check with your local PD about rules for sidewalk chalk drawings in public spaces. You shouldn't have to give them details, just say you were interested in doing some chalk drawings but don't want to break the law. Look up their 'non-urgent' or 'business' number to call them (don't use 911 since its not an emergency).
shindkrowshindkrow on September 11th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
I would definetly rather keep from bothering my local PD over something I can avoid. I was considering maybe doing one on my wall (with several sheets of paper or a poster board) though. Would this work? XD
Rainy with a Chance of Mudslides...randomdiversion on September 11th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
You might be able to find it on the city website, or the city might have a community-outreach contact email or phone where you could get someone to find the information for you.

Do you mean an outside wall? It doesn't fit as part of a virtual flash-mob if people can't see it.

You could do it on poster paper and hang it somewhere. Really the medium doesn't matter so much as making it visible to the public *and* non-destructive and compliant with local law. (and of course safe--if its going to bring a lynch-mob to your door then don't risk it!)

If you can post it in a way that makes it mysteriously anonymous, that's a bonus.
shindkrowshindkrow on September 11th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
You just gave me an interesting idea... I can't wait to post it!! XD Surprise~~
clewilanclewilan on September 13th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
I think you'll have a French one : D