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May 27th, 2018

dglenn @ 05:24 am: QotD

"No one took it seriously. They say I'm trying to teach science like it's poetry, well, science is poetry, and anyone who doesn't see that is dead inside!" -- Cato Weeksbooth, in Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer (2016, Tor Books)



May 26th, 2018

dglenn @ 05:24 am: QotD

"Oh, thank God I'm not younger than your beard!" -- [info] realinterrobang, 2018-05-14 (phone conversation)



May 25th, 2018

dglenn @ 05:26 am: QotD

"amber-screen library computer in 1998: type in two words and hit F3. search results appear instantly.

"now: type in two words, wait for an AJAX popup. get a throbber for five seconds. oops you pressed a key, your results are erased

"one of the things that makes me steaming mad is how the entire field of web apps ignores 100% of learned lessons from desktop apps"

-- Gravis McElroy (@gravislizard), 2017-11-06 (start of a very long Twitter thread with examples of loss of usefulness and missed opportunities, not just speed)



May 24th, 2018

dglenn @ 05:26 am: QotD

"So that's the really important thing about conservatism, is that it is a defense of hierarchy, but we've had defenses of hierarchy going back to Plato and Aristotle. There's nothing new about that. It's the way they defend hierarchy, in this extravagant language that very often mimics, in a really unsettling way, the very revolution that it's opposing.

[...]

"And particularly, you mentioned, all of those things about Trump that liberals go crazy about, his absolute indifference to fact and to truth, his complete willingness to contradict himself without a hint of shame or embarrassment, and I include myself, we sit there and it's mind boggling. And you try to wrap your mind ... And you think he's signed his ... Every night on your network they're saying, 'He's signing his death warrant,' and it doesn't affect him.

"And there's a reason for that. It's not about Trump and it's not about our moment, it's that the whole apparatus of conservatism has always been oriented around that hostility to reason, that hostility to factual fidelity, because that was the whole apparatus of counter-revolutionary thought. That we are gonna turn the world the way it is now, we're gonna turn it back up. You turned it upside down, we're gonna turn it right back up. And so there's always been a real hostility to the world as it is, no, we the right are going to imagine a different world and create it."

-- Corey Robin, interviewed by Chris Hayes on Why Is This Happening?, 2018-05-15 (39-minute audio, and transcript)



May 23rd, 2018

dglenn @ 05:24 am: QotD

"I support minorities being able to opt out of paying taxes for the police. Cops do more harm than good in many communities. Why should they have to pay for the privilege of seeing their kids get locked up over a joint or some loosies or nothing at all?" -- Nobdy, Lawyers, Guns, and Money, comments [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]



May 22nd, 2018

dglenn @ 05:24 am: QotD

"In capitalist America, bank robs you!" -- LucasLeArtist, Reddit, comments [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]



May 21st, 2018

dglenn @ 05:24 am: QotD

"Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves." -- Queen Victoria (b. 1819-05-24, d. 1901-01-22) 1848-04-04 (letter to King Leopold of Belgium)



May 20th, 2018

rushlight @ 10:17 am: Writing Update
I just finished writing chapter 12 in the newest Sacred Guardian book, and the story is flowing really well. I'm so excited about it! I love it when a story comes alive like this inside my head, and I just can't seem to type fast enough. ♥


Sacred Guardian website: http://jajaken.com/novels/sacredguardianseries.htm



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dglenn @ 05:24 am: QotD

[Today is both Western (non-Orthodox) Pentecost/Whitsunday and Pentecost/Shavuot from which the Christian holiday borrowed its name. To my Christian friends celebrating the one today, and to my Jewish friends celebrating the other, I wish you a joyous, meaningful, and spititually inspiring holiday! I didn't come up with a Shavuot quote for today, alas, just one for my own faith's holiday today.]

"It is well known that Pentecost reverses Babel. The people who built the tower of Babel sought to make a name, and a unity, for themselves. At Pentecost, God builds his temple, uniting people in Christ. Unity -- interpretive agreement and mutual understanding -- is, it would appear, something that only God can accomplish. And accomplish it he does, but not in the way we might have expected. Although onlookers thought that the believers who received the Spirit at Pentecost were babbling (Acts 2:13), in fact they were speaking intelligibly in several languages (Acts 2:8-11). Note well: they were all saying the same thing (testifying about Jesus) in different languages. It takes a thousand tongues to say and sing our great Redeemer's praise.

"Protestant evangelicalism evidences a Pentecostal plurality: the various Protestant streams testify to Jesus in their own vocabularies, and it takes many languages (i.e. interpretive traditions) to minister the meaning of God's Word and the fullness of Christ. As the body is made up of many members, so many interpretations may be needed to do justice to the body of the biblical text. Why else are there four Gospels, but that the one story of Jesus was too rich to be told from one perspective only? Could it be that the various Protestant traditions function similarly as witnesses who testify to the same Jesus from different situations and perspectives?" -- Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Biblical Authority After Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity</i> [via Goodreads]

[It occurs to me that this line of thinking doesn't have to stop at the boundaries of Protestantism...]



May 19th, 2018

dglenn @ 05:24 am: QotD

"Congress needs to do its own job, instead of mine. I am declaring that I (and other clergy persons) will handle all thoughts and prayers from here on out, and am demanding that congress start working on policies to require licensing of all guns, ammunition limits, background checks for all, eradication of loopholes for gun show purchases, and so on." Rabbi Alana Suskin, 2018-02-14 (public Facebook post -- so, alas, everyone without a FB account and some people with one will have trouble seeing it because Facebook kinda sucks -- but I've quoted the entire entry, so you're just missing the comments)



May 18th, 2018

dglenn @ 05:24 am: QotD

From "The Libertarian Who Accidentally Helped Make the Case for Regulation" by Rachel Cohen, Washington Monthly, April/May/June 2018:

"I was pretty surprised that we just kept coming up with nothing," Tabarrok told me. "I'm a free-market type of person, so it wouldn't have at all surprised me to find that government regulation is causing decline in dynamism. Ideologically, it fits my priors of the way I would see the world, so, yes, I was expecting to find something."

[thanks to [info] - personal osewalrus for linking to this]



digitalwave @ 12:03 am: Supernatural 13.23 AVI & MP4 Upload...
Guys, I know that people are waiting to be able to see the episode so I'm posting the mp4 first and I'll add the avi here, too, as soon as I have it.

Oh my Chuck, tonight's episode!! I can't wait to read what you thought of it and see your thoughts and reactions. Did you like it, hate it, somewhere in between? Let me know in the comments. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's response. :)

The file's almost finished uploading. Once it's done done, just follow the links below and then click to download. As soon as I have the avi I'll get it posted, too.

Supernatural 13.23 Let the Good Times Roll AVI File

Supernatural 13.23 Let the Good Times Roll MP4 File

I know that I owe responses to comments from last episode, I apologize. I've been pretty sick for over a week now and am just finally feeling better. I'll do my best to catch up tonight and tomorrow. Sure hope that everyone is doing okay. :)

*hugs you hard*

ETA: Both file formats are active now. :)

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May 17th, 2018

dglenn @ 05:24 am: QotD

"Growing up, I witnessed an influential religious right leader flirting with some of my teenage friends and receiving neck and shoulder massages from one of them. I've been expecting a scandal to break with him for years, but in the meantime, this man has put significant time into campaigning for anti-trans bathroom bills while deeming trans people 'predators.'" -- Kathryn Brightbill, "Roy Moore's alleged pursuit of a young girl is the symptom of a larger problem in evangelical circles"</i>, 2017-11-10



May 16th, 2018

dglenn @ 05:24 am: QotD

"Knock, And He'll open the door
 Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
 Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
 Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything."

  -- Rumi )b. 1207-09-30, d. 1273-12-17)

[Ramadan Mubarak, to those who've just started, or are just about to start, their fast! (Looks like UAE and Saudi Arabia are starting Ramadan tomorrow.)]



May 15th, 2018

digitalwave @ 10:53 pm: More stuff for sale...
Hi guys! I'm starting to post some pretty purses for sale, mostly on eBay right now but you know if you see something you want I'm happy to sell it to you directly. Here's the link to my store on eBay:

http://stores.ebay.com/Barbaras-Essentials?_rdc=1

And here's the links to the stuff I listed for sale the other day:

Dreamwidth: https://digitalwave.dreamwidth.org/666345.html

Livejournal: https://digitalwave.livejournal.com/742304.html

As always, If you see anything you'd like, just let me know, we can figure out what postage will be then add it on. I can do checks but would prefer PayPal if possible. My PayPal addy is bstaton @ iglou.com, without the spaces. Sending payment via Friends and Family would be great, too. They take out tons of fees otherwise and we need every penny we can raise right now.

This next question is for real. I was just wondering if anyone of you have ever sold their plasma before for pay? How do they pay you, is it different everywhere? We're almost overdrawn at the bank right now, we've got a whooping $29 in the bank with more to come out, and when Lee went to see his kidney doc yesterday his blood pressure was sky high. He's changing around his dosages and there are some new prescriptions I'm going to need to pick up for him. I figure if I can sell some of my plasma that should give us enough for his meds. If I get some stuff sold I might be able to squeak by but he has to have his meds. I'm not taking any chances with his health. If it means I need to try and sell my blood I'll do it, and gladly.

I hate being this broke but, what can you do? We make just over the limit of qualifying for financial aid at the hospital so all we can do is pay down the $6000, and counting, that we owe them as we can. Stuff always happens, like having to fix the roof in our garage. We just have to pick ourselves up, keep fighting and get on with life as best as we can.

Hope that your day was good. Thanks so much for looking! :)

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digitalwave @ 10:53 pm: More stuff for sale...
Hi guys! I'm starting to post some pretty purses for sale, mostly on eBay right now but you know if you see something you want I'm happy to sell it to you directly. Here's the link to my store on eBay:

http://stores.ebay.com/Barbaras-Essentials?_rdc=1

And here's the links to the stuff I listed for sale the other day:

Dreamwidth: https://digitalwave.dreamwidth.org/666345.html

Livejournal: https://digitalwave.livejournal.com/742304.html

As always, If you see anything you'd like, just let me know, we can figure out what postage will be then add it on. I can do checks but would prefer PayPal if possible. My PayPal addy is bstaton @ iglou.com, without the spaces. Sending payment via Friends and Family would be great, too. They take out tons of fees otherwise and we need every penny we can raise right now.

This next question is for real. I was just wondering if anyone of you have ever sold their plasma before for pay? How do they pay you, is it different everywhere? We're almost overdrawn at the bank right now and when Lee went to see his kidney doc yesterday his blood pressure was sky high. He's changing around his dosages and there are some new prescriptions I'm going to need to pick up for him. I figure if I can sell some of my plasma that should give us enough for his meds. If I get some stuff sold I might be able to squeak by but he has to have his meds. I'm not taking any chances with his health. If it means I need to try and sell my blood I'll do it, and gladly.

I hate being this broke but, what can you do? We make just over the limit of qualifying for financial aid at the hospital so all we can do is pay down the $6000, and counting, that we owe them as we can. Stuff always happens, like having to fix the roof in our garage. We just have to pick ourselves up, keep fighting and get on with life as best as we can.

Hope that your day was good. Thanks so much for looking! :)

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dglenn @ 05:26 am: QotD

"Laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly." -- Thomas Hobbes (b. 1588-04-05, d. 1679-12-04)



May 14th, 2018

dglenn @ 05:24 am: QotD

"I hoped the Trump era would be seen as an aberration and made less ugly by those who might have influence over the president. That hasn't happened. Rather than Republicans and people of faith checking his most unappealing sides, the president is dragging down virtually everyone within his orbit.

"In the latest example of this, a rising number of Republicans are attempting to delegitimize the special counsel's investigation into whether there were links between Mr. Trump's presidential campaign and Mr. Putin's Russia because they quake at what he may find. Prominent evangelical leaders, rather than challenging the president to become a man of integrity, have become courtiers."

-- Peter Wehner, "Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican" 2017-12-09



May 13th, 2018

digitalwave @ 10:38 pm: Keep passing the word...
The Change.org Petition to Save Wayward Sisters has already passed 35,000 signatures! And the numbers just keep going up! Here's the link to the petition:

https://www.change.org/p/the-cw-save-wayward-sisters

EW and TV Guide have already published articles about how this is taking off. Also, the website, Nerds and Beyond, has published an article encouraging people to write in and tell them what Wayward Sisters means to You. You can find it here:

http://www.nerdsandbeyond.com/2018/05/13/fans-share-stories-about-what-wayward-means-to-them/

If you tweet about it, be sure to use the hashtag

#savewaywardsisters

Wonder if the CW had any idea of the sleeping lion they'd be poking awake with this? :)

*hugs*

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