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My tweets [Apr. 19th, 2014|12:00 pm]

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On this Minicon Easter weekend... [Apr. 19th, 2014|12:31 pm]

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...I'm glad I took a moment to stop, reflect, and realize that it is sometimes better to miss out on a chance to build friendships and community in order to avoid the appearance (and perhaps action) of mocking the religious beliefs of the very people you're trying to build friendships and community with.

And that's why the mini Easter basket of seasonal treats I took to the folks at the transfer station this morning had three yellow chick Peeps, two standard marshmallow bunny Peeps, and nary a single Cthulhu Peeps. And the same will probably be true of the basket I plan to drop off at the neighbor's house in another hour or so.

But thanks to Andra, who taught me how to make Cthulhu Peeps way back at...Minicon 34, I think...the bowl of Easter treats I'm taking to share with friends I'm having dinner with tonight? That bowl will be amply protected by minions of the Elder God Himself.
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Jerking Around #6 - FOUND Cucumber & Mint [Apr. 19th, 2014|11:46 am]
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It’s been a while since the last one of these, for which I apologise – it’s mostly been a case of too much hands on my time.

This bills itself as “infused sparkling water”, which still meets the definition of “soda”.

When I broke the seal and removed the cap, I was met with the characteristic odor of cucumber - not unreasonable, given the flavor. It wasn't intense, but then, cucumber simply isn't an intense flavor/odor.

The flavor is complex. The cucumber is the single most noticeable flavor, but this is definitely a sparkling mineral water, rather than “regular” water, and the cucumber plus the mineral-ness almost completely overpower the mint. The sweetening is almost imperceptible, and probably does nothing more than bring out what little mint flavor can be detected.

The carbonation is very light – there is a slight hiss and a few bubbles when opening the bottle, but afterward it appears to be still. You can still taste the carbonation in the tingle on your tongue, though.

This is not really something that I’d specifically seek out, but it would be a reasonable choice to go with a salad – especially a greek salad – on a hot summer day. It might also be an interesting choice for the non-drinker at a wine-and-cheese party.

I find this product at a food vendor in the Dining Court at Grand Central Terminal.

I’ve only seen this sold as single glass bottles, 11.2 oz (330 ml)
5.54 Cal/fl oz (18.7kcal/100ml)
Sweetened with beet sugar.

Found Beverage Co.

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Domestic and garden images [Apr. 19th, 2014|09:37 am]

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Morning Bird Pic [Apr. 19th, 2014|09:46 am]

sleigh
One of the cardinals who frequent the feeder, just for the splash of color.

Cardinal Posing
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In case anyone needs a Fox News-style interpretation of today's ACA enrollment statistics [Apr. 19th, 2014|07:38 am]

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https://twitter.com/D_Liebman/status/456889517941608448/photo/1
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My tweets [Apr. 19th, 2014|07:01 am]

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(no subject) [Apr. 19th, 2014|05:00 am]

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April 19 is Bicycle Day.

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United States life [Apr. 18th, 2014|09:30 pm]

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"Okay, so maybe I did this to myself: I went to a homeless themed party [don't ask] but I asn't let in because they thought I was actually homeless. PS I'm black."

1. People are giving homeless-theme parties.
2. Black people they invited (Or is this something like a frat house party?) look homeless to them.

More cheerily: Neil deGrasse Tyson tells about entering a profession he was not demographically expected to enter, and suggests that society change.
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In the garden [Apr. 18th, 2014|09:20 pm]

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I achieved my two leading objectives for the day, failing to manage the third.

I made the mushroom stump, drilling holes for the plugs, getting them inserted in holes and under remaining bark, napping the stump sides with (commercial) compost, then blanketing them with wood chip mulch and soaking the whole shebang for a long time.

I didn't open the package from Rainforest Nursery that contained the plugs until I was close to using them, yesterday. Whereupon I learned from the instructions that stumps and logs should be no more than two weeks old when plugs are applied. Ha bloody a. They didn't have those instructions on the website, I'm here to tell you. :D However, we have what we have, and why not give it a try? The bag of plugs was a sort of pudding of white stuff with plugs in it at all sorts of angles. I wonder whether that's how it looked before I left it in the cool garage for a month and a half. Ah, well. As I opened the leedle bag and started to pull out (wooden) plugs like 3/4" sections of dowel, I realized that the white stuff was mycelium. I'm not entirely sure why, but that made me feel peculiarly brutal and toxic as I handled them, to get them into the stump.

I weed-harvested the nicest remaining patch pf arugula, which happened to be where I want to plant the two grapevines that are coming in: Sheeyun and I had some as part of a Caesar salad for dinner. And I dug those holes.

I failed to dig up and split a peony, and to also to weedin in the rock garden.

The new dandelion tool arrived, and I did a faint amount of weeding with it jsut to give it a try. It's much better than the one I broke.

Five of the plants arrived from forestfarm: a Concord grape, a Turkish filbert, two sages, and an Iris setosa. A peach tree and a rose of sharon should follow. A Somerset grapevine and a Chicago hardy fig will arrive on Thursday from Pinetree.

Inside, I sowed three more sorts of tomatoes. I moved the butterhead lettuce peat pots out of the flat and off the gentle-warming mat since they coming along fine and will soon be planted out.

Peppers and eggplant are still not germinating.

I am actually more on top of things than is at all normal for me.

I skated for a very short while, practicing skills. I think that either hips or feet must instigate the standing turn, regardless what generally-superb teacher Maya says. I thought I'd be skating with Sheeyun and Chun Woo tonight, but I was just too creaky. :/
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latest art project [Apr. 18th, 2014|09:27 pm]

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http://art.dreamwidth.org/58317.html - repro of Fealing Lin's "Morning Cyclist" in class April 16, 2014.
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United States Zeitgeist [Apr. 18th, 2014|07:29 pm]

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"America's Top Young Scientists Warn Of Systemic Brain Drain: Colleagues 'Sort Of Disappear'"

Well, We don't believe in investment*, especially not long-term investment, which a government-- potentially much longer-lived than an individual-- can do so well. Letting capital erode or eating it-- particularly public capital like infrastructure, our environmental networks, and substantial portions of the human capital of health and education-- has been sold as Profound Canny Thrift for 35 years.

And we don't believe in honouring work, preferring to hold contests and put cheap laurel leaves on winners' heads, and so, so often to label those not selected as winners, as also-rans who can never run again.

We think of jobs and resources not as fuels and opportunities for production, but as Prizes.


* I am using investment in the technical sense used by the vast majority of economists. Investment is the purchase, installation and implementation of durables-- plant, equipment, knowledge, health, environmentals-- that are used to produce goods and services that are valued in consumption. (Of course some elements of what's invested in, notably in the realms of health and education, may be valued for the delights they bring directly. Those portions are not investment.) When I talk about trade in paper claims to probabilistic future payoffs, I talk about financial ivnestment.
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Bus encounters [Apr. 18th, 2014|08:49 pm]

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This week, two interactions (or three, depending on how you count them).

A few days ago, I boarded the bus on my way home from work, during the last portion of rush hour. I noticed that soon a group of three teenage boys (who happened to be black; this figures later) boarded & I could have sworn I recognized them from prior bad social acts, so I was dismayed to see them join my general vicinity.

The bus began to get crowded, so I moved over in my seat so as to leave the adjacent one vacant. The very next passenger was an older gentleman & so, as my leftover seat was in the circle of leading seats, sat next to me. Then, a couple boarded; the woman was clearly in her last trimester of pregnancy. Had I been on the outside of my seat, I would have vacated, but I was boxed in. Not one of those three teens rose to offer a seat. I could only shake my head.

As the commute started, the boys began using vulgar language, including slurs against their own race (of which I am also a member). I was disgusted, but I held my tongue, as I had had a bad experience with young men similarly admonished in the past. (Those males, in their late teens to early twenties, retaliated for the remainder of their bus ride; this was about three years ago.) Thankfully, the bus driver, after about five minutes or so, pulled over the vehicle, turned around, and said to them, "I've heard you say the N-word, the F-word & the S-word. If you don't clean up your language, I'll put you off the bus."

The sad thing was that, even after this reprimand, the boys couldn't excise the words from their vocabulary; they merely lowered their voices, so the driver couldn't hear. When I disembarked, I first greeted him, then thanked him for saying something. While I had always exchanged pleasantries with him whenever I see he's my driver, we both engage in slightly more depth in the aftermath.

The other encounter was of a random morning commuter, trying to board the bus yesterday morning. He'd obviously just stopped at the ATM to withdraw funds, but all he had were $20 bills, whereas the bus only accepts $10 bills or smaller. I found $1.50 in my wallet & offered it to him. He thanked me but said that he needed to try to find his wallet, so he stepped off the bus. He seemed to find it after a minimal search & tried to signal to the driver to let him back on, but the bus driver was oblivious (even though I made some remark that he was making such an attempt). This morning, the same guy boarded, sat down next to me, offered me my money back (I declined), and proceeded to chat with me until we both got to the transit station. It's nice, I think for both of us, to realize that nice people still exist.

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_All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parentood_: ideas come together [Apr. 18th, 2014|02:08 pm]

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I have begun audio-reading Jennifer Senior's book, and am not very far in. And I don't think I operate on bases similar to those of the middle-class parents she writes about and for. Partly because I come from a long line of smart peasants, partly because I am an ancient and very intentional parent, and partly because of the factors that made me say, "Oh, yes!" in my first encounters with much Buddhist thought and practice.

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My tweets [Apr. 18th, 2014|12:00 pm]

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My tweets [Apr. 18th, 2014|12:00 pm]

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  • Thu, 13:03: RT @markos: I don’t want repeal debate to be over. I want people to know that Republicans running in 2014 want to take away people’s insura…
  • Thu, 13:07: RT @MoffettHangar1: It is sad to see my neighbor, the Blue Cube, being dismantled. But better you than me, old buddy. Plus, you were always…
  • Fri, 07:02: RT @jennalane: SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes-White dedicates the first spray of Golden Hydrant to chief who died in 1906 disaster. http://t.co/fU
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There Must Be An Election Coming... [Apr. 18th, 2014|12:52 pm]

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...I had Election Judge training on Wednesday night (right before I transported a squirrel from our yard to my squirrel disposal area).

I've received (but not yet opened) my absentee ballot. I'm not at all sure who I want to vote for, and the candidates aren't helping. I just visited the web pages of all of the candidates, and discovered they all seem to be lacking in substance.
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My tweets [Apr. 18th, 2014|12:00 pm]

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useful Minicon info found elsewhere [Apr. 18th, 2014|09:51 am]

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First issue of the Bozo Bus Tribune came out last night already, it's available for download as a PDF here:
http://mnstf.org/minicon49/documents/bbt_vol_49_issue_1.pdf

And here's a PDF of the pocket program:
http://mnstf.org/minicon49/documents/m49_pocket_program_11x17.pdf

Programming Grid:
http://tinyurl.com/psdmxk8

Chronological Program Book Content with Descriptions:
http://tinyurl.com/p6ojwms

Facebook Group for Minicon 49:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/170210348912/

Minicon 49 Website:
http://mnstf.org/minicon49/
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LiveJournal not affected by Heartbleed [Apr. 18th, 2014|09:50 am]

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Dear users,

As you might have heard, a major vulnerability in SSL (the secure channel used for HTTPS) has been detected recently. As many as two thirds of internet sites were affected, including social networks and major web sites.

We are happy to confirm that LiveJournal is not vulnerable and has not been affected at all.

Meanwhile, in the past 12 months we have been working hard to deploy many security features to protect user data.

Nevertheless, even though LiveJournal was not affected by the Heartbleed bug, changing your password is still a good idea, especially if you use similar passwords on other sites whose data may have been compromised. If you haven't changed your password in the last year, we recommend that you do so now.
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Friday Cat Blogging [Apr. 18th, 2014|09:30 am]

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Alexander the Great
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Happy Birthday! [Apr. 18th, 2014|07:07 am]

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To buttonlass!
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My tweets [Apr. 18th, 2014|07:02 am]

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RIP Milo. Nameste. [Apr. 18th, 2014|08:01 am]

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Why yes, I do know how to pose for the camera
Milo in my office, right next to my desk chair, smack dab between me at work and me being anyplace else.

Sentry Milo, redux
Milo at Conant Brook Dam. Our favorite place for walks.

On April 8th, Marc Abrahams tweeted "Many of you who met Milo, our improbable, socially-challenged-yet-charismatic dog. Milo went peacefully, today." Marc shared the sad news in email, but I missed his public mention of it, and held off on making my own until I checked with him. It was a bit my news, but it was totally his and Robin's.

I treasure rich memories of Milo's three years of vacations here at Toad Woods, from his trial visit in 2008 to week-long stays while Marc & Robin were traveling, typically overseas. Milo's vacations here ended three years ago when Tillie and Jinx moved in. Cats were squirrels as far as Milo was concerned. Their purpose in life was to be be his prey, to get impossibly excited about as only Milo could. Or so I'm given to understand. We never tried to introduce them.

But Milo continued to greet me joyfully during each visit to the Improbable Research headquarters in Cambridge and there was never any doubt that he would have gleefully jumped in the Cardis for another vacation at Toad Woods, never appearing to hold it against me that we didn't do that any more.

So now I miss Milo as well as Baskerville, Willow, Brandywine, and Kachinka, all dogs I've loved over the past, urk, 42 years. Oddly enough, I don't miss Wags, the dachshund of my childhood. Well, maybe a little, but Wags was clearly Daddy's dog. I had closer relationships with the parakeets we had throughout the years of my childhood than I did with Wags.

Nameste, Milo. You were an energy-generating joy to be around.
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WODPECKER [Apr. 18th, 2014|05:44 am]

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(no subject) [Apr. 18th, 2014|06:42 am]

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Happy Birthday buttonlass

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Morning Bird Pic [Apr. 18th, 2014|07:20 am]

sleigh
A goldfinch pair was on the feeders, and I snapped a few pictures of them. As I was taking the last picture, evidently one decided it was time to go, and I was fortunate enough to catch the moment of departure.

Leap of Faith
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(no subject) [Apr. 18th, 2014|05:00 am]

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April 18 is Stone Day.

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Trip, Day 1: To Eugene [Apr. 18th, 2014|01:35 am]

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We’re going to be going over mountains, so I take the special meds. I hate it with a burning passion, and you’ll understand why in a bit.

I take it because it increases oxygen concentration in the blood, which means less altitude sick. I get altitude sick in a ten story building. Only a slight exaggeration.

Four thousand feet is where I really start to feel it, though. Since I’m doing a lot of the driving, I take the damn meds.

I am not a morning person. I have not truly ever been a morning person (I quite literally lack the gene), but the last few years in particular I have especially not been a morning person. I was saying that to a friend who got run over by a car last year, and she said, “Because the pain meds have worn off!”

Exactly. That is why.
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Special Minicon half day Krahn 2 a.m. Pulse Check [Apr. 18th, 2014|02:12 am]

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2 hanging out by railing overlooking the pool
8 gaming on the bar patio
10 in the consuite bar
3 in adjoining room to bar
At least 4 roaming around
Your humble roving reporter
Unknown number inside consuite or otherwise behind closed doors.

For at least 28 people awake and gaming, drinking, and/or conversing in public Minicon space at 2 a.m. Friday.

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NYT Critics' Picks + One of Possible Interest [Apr. 18th, 2014|12:16 am]

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Soaring Trips to a Temple in Nepal
In ‘Manakamana,’ Pilgrimages by Cable Car to a Hindu Site
NYT Critics' Pick

Competing to Be a Phallic Symbol
In ‘Final Member,’ Two Men Seek to Fill a Museum’s Void
NYT Critics' Pick

-- Of Possible Interest --

I Am My Own Monster (Technology Rules!)
Johnny Depp Stars in ‘Transcendence’
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(no subject) [Apr. 17th, 2014|09:30 pm]

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Judge: North Dakota's ban on abortions after 6 weeks unconstitutional -- "In court filings, the state admitted that it was trying to ban all abortions. A physician speaking for the state argued that viability was reached at the point of conception."

NYPD disbands controversial Muslim surveillance unit

4 Catholic High School Students Expelled After Confederate Flag, Blackface Incidents

Illinois medical marijuana rules drop gun language

Age-related brain decline starts at 24

The Case of the Closely Watched Courtesans: The French police obsessively tracked the kept women of 18th-century Paris. Why?

Female Insect Uses Spiky Penis to Take Charge -- Yes, you read that correctly.

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In the garden [Apr. 17th, 2014|06:14 pm]

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Today I prioritized drilling the holes for the maitake plugs: ideally I would have prioritized charging the batteries of the cordless drill last night. Still, I got about a third of the holes done and found that it was not only not unpleasant: it was delightful. Finishing tomorrow will be fun. Holes are drilled at the line where stump meets soil. After I've inserted all the plugs, I'll tuck them in with some compost, then with wood chips (fetched today from the free wood chip place), and water. Then hold my thumbs and keep watering for up to a couple of years.

I snipped up a bag of Russian olive. I weeded four bucketsful with a shovel. One was from the former rabbit hutch area, where I'm seeing an end coming. Probably four more buckets there will do it. And that will be a grand area to plant in woodland stuff next spring. The soil is moist and rich-- rare commodities in Colorado. (I still won't try for anything that requires acid soil. It would be murder.) One bucket from the area just outside the sitting wall, where I'll be replacing bishop's-goutweed-laden soil with compost. Two buckets that each contained a vast and recently recalcitrant clump of weedy grass from by the clematis. I had worked extensively on the first one without getting it to let go on all sides. Today I moved the cement conduit the carries rainwater from the gutter outward, giving myself a better left edge, and then got the first clump out. The second one was much simpler given that the first was out. The clematis should be free pretty smartly. I also filled a bucket with foolishly blooming dandelions and some other deep-rooted weeds.

I actually did enough digging that my arms are feeling it. Digging is leg-intensive more than arm-intensive, and I have strong arms, so this is a novelty.

I also sowed the lettuce seeds that hadn't made it underground yet, and planted out the broccoli raab, and straw-mulched the lot.

Inside, I seeded nine sorts of tomatoes. Now all the sorts of wild strawberries are germinating, bless 'em.

Tomorrow plants arrive from forestfarm. Would that I had weeded away volunteer arugula from where I'll plant the grape, and prepared a hole. But the trees and shrubs can wait in buckets on Friday, soaking a bit and getting used to Colorado, while I prepare holes, and then I can plant them Saturday. That's all the gardening I'll do Saturday: I preach on Sunday, starting with a sunrise service.

Before last night's skating lesson I'd planned to skate today. But I really worked my legs last night, however ineptly. I didn't overwork them, but I was definitely feeling them this morning. So I decided to skate tomorrow instead. Then I remembered that that would mean skipping tomorrow's Good Friday service in Boulder. I havered for awhile, then decided that I'd miss that service.
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A legend gone [Apr. 17th, 2014|05:53 pm]

sleigh
I'm seeing reports that Gabriel Garcia Marquez, one of my favorite writers, died today. He'll be sorely missed...
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Something odd and cool [Apr. 17th, 2014|02:12 pm]

lydy
So, my girlfriend from a really long time ago, Ann Norman, is doing something very, very cool. She follows a Thai band called Carabao. She has started doing English translations of the songs, translations that rhyme and scan. (This is incredibly difficult. Ann seems to think it's a bit tough, but no big deal.) Here's a link to a YouTube video of one of her first attempts. Ann is the woman in the middle, that introduces the piece in what I assume is Thai. She's looking for some exposure for both this translation and the band in general, so if you're inclined to pass this on to other people who might find it cool, you should do so. Her eventual goal is to do translations of 100 of the best songs. She's done 60 so far.

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My tweets [Apr. 17th, 2014|12:00 pm]

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Just seen... [Apr. 17th, 2014|11:50 am]

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incised into the surface of a block of suet-and-seed: "WODPECKER!"
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Submitted without further comment [Apr. 17th, 2014|12:10 pm]

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If you can deal with the snow and the dog, get on my lawn. [Apr. 17th, 2014|09:11 am]

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Kids these days: they are pretty great and you should buy them an ice cream (sorbet if they don’t do dairy).


Nobody ever sells articles that say this, despite it being true–or at least as much true as a percentage as it ever was–and look, here’s another article, this one from Slate, about how horribly broken the youth of today are, especially compared to my day, which was filled with whimsy and wonder, which, as we all know, is way better than fun and excitement. Sorry, kids, that was a quote from when the Simpsons was a TV show instead of a shambling corpse. Sorry, kids, that was an attempt to slam the Simpsons from before zombies were cool. I’m all better now. Point is: back in my day, we had whimsy and wonder and fun and excitement, although of course not as much as in the Baby Boomers’ day, because they invented all those things. Unless you ask the Lost Generation, in which case, hoo! look out Emperor Nero! And so on until you get back to Hesiod, and let’s face it, nobody had a Back In My Day like that dude.


I’m wandering, aren’t I? It happens with age. Especially Hesiod’s age. Aaaanyway.


Point being: this Slate author Rebecca Schuman teaches college students sometimes, and they do not invite her to join in their reindeer games, which proves that no college students have any reindeer games, due to them sucking, but even that is not because of them because young people have no agency ever (LIKE DUH, keep up), it’s because of us because we ruined them (POSSIBLY PERMANENTLY) with our helicoptering. Also, a survey of what people think are the “weirdest schools” is a totally accurate way to find out what weirdness people are having in their own personal schools and free time and stuff. Because, like, college students in Arizona, if surveyed, will know about my college-age friend’s shenanigans in Massachusetts. They are that epic. Oh, the shenanigans she has. They shenan, and then they go back and….


Sorry, right, the point is: I am friends with actual college students. Not, like, tons of them. But some. Enough to know that sensawunda, as we call it with solemn respect in the science fiction and fantasy writing genres, is alive in their lives. Even if they do not display it on command to random people who teach their classes. You can picture it: “Do you, like, have parties where the admission is a can of moss?” she demands eagerly. “Uh, nooooo,” say her students, thinking, oh God, let me get away from this crazy professor, I have to finish my paper so that I can figure out how to get the layers in my hair dye the way I want them before we yarn-bomb the quad.


“Someone’s got to help these damn kids today goof off more creatively,” she says, and I say: sit the hell down, Rebecca Schuman. The last thing “these damn kids today” need is another intervention from you. They are fine. They are doing their own thing. It is not your thing. Has help with whimsy ever actually helped? Ever? Back. Off.


Oh, and also? I once snapped at a Boomer age friend, “Just because college cost $5 when you went doesn’t mean it does now,” and guess what? The incredibly expensive college costs from when I was in college? That swamped people my age in student loans? Are starting to look like $5 compared to what these damn kids today are paying. So if you’re feeling like these damn kids today are just not doing enough goofing off, maybe hovering over them with narrow notions of whimsy is completely unhelpful, and maybe you should kick in for a scholarship for one of them or buy one dinner so that they have five minutes in which to goof off. Or pay them to do some chores for you or something. Because a lot of the stress you’re seeing is because they are trying to WORK while doing ALL THE CLASSES so that they are not still in debt to the student loan folks when they have to start paying for nursing home care. But yelling at them that they are not doing a good enough job at fitting in their REQUIRED WONDERMENT with their work and classes is not what we in realityland call helpful.




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On Blood Moons and the End o' the Whirled and "The End o' Guacamole" [Apr. 17th, 2014|07:57 am]

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As doomsday scenarios go, this one is not particularly original: the basic evangelical vision of trouble in the Middle East followed by the Second Coming. And red moons happen all the time. If you wanted a sign of the end of days this week, there are lots better candidates. Kathleen Sebelius for Senate? The idea that anybody believes Donald Trump will buy the Buffalo Bills? Or limes — their price is quadrupling! You can read all about that in my upcoming book, “The End of Guacamole.” Moar
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qotd [Apr. 17th, 2014|08:09 am]

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Morning Bird Pic [Apr. 17th, 2014|08:01 am]

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Morning bird pic: For this one, I'm turning to the Great Hive Mind. I can't seem to accurately identify the mostly-black- and-white bird to the right in the first picture (there's a second picture of just that bird). It would seem to be some species of sparrow, but neither my Bird ID app nor my "Birds of Ohio" book appear to show me exactly which one. So... someone out there know?

For what it's worth, the cap on the bird's head looks to be not black but a rusty brown, even though the rest of it is really grayish, not brownish like a house sparrow.

I have the suspicion that someone's going to say "You idjit, that's obviously a _____________."

??Sparrow

?Sparrow
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(no subject) [Apr. 17th, 2014|05:00 am]

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April 17 is Daffodil Day.

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Rawr [Apr. 17th, 2014|02:24 am]

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Minicon 49 [Apr. 17th, 2014|04:27 am]
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http://dd-b.net/ddbcms/2014/04/minicon-49/

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We’re about to have Minicon 49.  I’ll be posting pictures, but probably mostly not blogging pointers to each batch.

Here’s the first batch, anyway.  The rest will appear under here as time passes.

Co-chair Joel Phillips brings t-shirts in to the work party

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O, Canada [Apr. 16th, 2014|09:40 pm]

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Mom and I are going to drive up to Canada.

I’ve driven to Seattle before, and I’ve driven from Seattle to Vancouver before. However, the next stage is the ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver Island, which I’ve never taken (I’ve always flown).

I’ve also never been to Victoria before, so I’m excited that we’re going there, too, probably on the return. We may have some time for a quick visit on the way up or back, but I’m guessing that our timing is going to pretty much miss anything of interest in Portland. Seattle’s more possible.

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Obtuse old person on ice [Apr. 16th, 2014|06:38 pm]

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Well! In learning a turn-in-place ( which I am really, really inept at so far), something teacher Maya said made me realized that I had probably been working on lots of skills while failing to maintain a totally flat stance on my glide edges. Thus, I was getting in my own way. My swizzles and wiggles improved immediately, and had already been improving. Turn-in-place still sucks. But I diligently did deep knee bends while I lowered my posed arms, and stood while raising them, until I was out of front thigh. I suspect I have a faith problem: I don't understand why bending my knees while I lower my arms should give me enough momentum to do much of anything.

In the realm of gardening, our new and unfortunate lemon tree* is now budding new leaves. And I bought a mess of compost, thus using my $5 off coupon on a $50 purchase at Home Depot.

* kayre asked why the lemon tree was unfortunate, aside from being in Colorado. The answer: " Because I bought it, and thought to end-of-winter it over in a room that is now conclusively shown to be too hot and fry for lemon trees. Therefore it lost nearly all its leaves. Then when I took it out to acclimatize and enjoy being outdoors, it lost those last. I decided to feed it gently and keep taking it for a walk."
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