Jul. 21st, 2017 09:35 am

Doubts

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Random quote of the day:

“A writer must never speak of his doubts regarding his creation. It would be too easy to answer him: “Who is forcing you to create? If it is such constant anguish, why do you endure it?” Doubts are the most intimate thing about us. Never speak of one’s doubts, whatever they may be.”

—Albert Camus, Notebooks 1942-1951, tr. Justin O’Brien

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Lucy and Ethel, Justin Bieber, or the Kardashian Klan. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:12 am

gezellig

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If you have an inclination, the curated twitter feed for The Netherlands (https://twitter.com/Netherlanders) this week (7/16/17 or so to the present,) is crushing it. (Normally the Netherlander in question tweets under https://twitter.com/MENEERDEGREEF (just in Dutch.)) He seems a bit brash and loud (yes, loud on twitter.) But I must admit that he is entertaining. He's been covering the untranslatable Dutch concept of "gezellig" all week. (While I just said that the concept was untranslatable, it's closest English equivalent seems to be a hybrid of "cool" and "chill" (Cool, as in "be cool" and chill as in "chill out.") But it also seems like more than that, with an element of hospitality thrown in there for good measure... Wait, wasn't there another paren to close? Yes. Yes there was.)

I love the idea of these curated feeds (popularized by Sweden, and signal boosted by Stephen Colbert as he tried to take it over without being a Swede.) The concept being that a selected "typical" person tweets their unvarnished feelings out at the world from your country's official twitter account. It's too bad the US is too tightly wound to ever go for such a thing.

I think Coloradans, as a subset of Americans, are gezellig enough to handle it, but Californians are definitely not.
Jul. 21st, 2017 12:22 pm

Cool Stuff Friday

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Friday still hasn’t seen the new Spider-Man movie 🙁

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 08:45 am

cursorial

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cursorial (kur-SOHR-ee-uhl) - adj., adapted for running.


Used of both limbs and the organism itself. For the latter, typically what's being described is long-distance running, like a horse or wolf, rather than short bursts, like a mouse or cheetah. Humans are, let it be noted, also cursorial. The word I acutally had on my list is hypercursorial, which seems to mean specialized to running as opposed to walking (I can't find an actual definition). Coined in 1836 from Latin cursōrius, of running, from cursor, runner, from cursus, past participle of currere, to run.

---L.
Jul. 21st, 2017 09:10 am

Sunflowers

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From my morning walk with the dog through our neighborhood.
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In the next pair of episodes, as Mei Changsu begins his campaign to take down the corrupt court, we start getting to know a couple of very interesting women, both challenging.

And MC is walks into another emotional gutting.
Read more... )
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Jul. 21st, 2017 07:24 am

Hate vs. hate

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The Middle East really brings out the worst in us. The Chicago Dyke March refused to let people march under the traditional symbol of Judaism because it has Zio* cooties, and now Congress (including some people who should know better) is trying to take First Amendment rights away from Israel boycotters.
*If you hate something enough, you don’t have to say the whole word: Zio, Antifa

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.
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Did you ever play the authors card game? We had this when I was a kid: 13 authors--a pretty random assortment of 19th-century English and American writers, all men with the exception of Louisa May Alcott--with four works for each author. You play it like you play Go Fish, with the goal being to get as many completed sets of authors' works as possible. Wakanomori and I enjoyed playing it the other day, but I thought it would be fun to make up a set of YA fantasy works. [personal profile] osprey_archer is visiting, and we created a set. It's a fairly random assortment, only two male authors (CS Lewis and Lloyd Alexander), and two authors I follow here one LJ/DW (that would be [personal profile] sartorias and [profile] pamaladean). The authors had to have four works or series of works; we tried not to list individual works in a series, and we decided all the works should be fiction.

The original Authors game features portraits of the authors...



But we are not good at portraiture, so we used symbols for each author. [personal profile] sartorias, you're a fan! [personal profile] pameladean, you're a sprig of rosemary!

(click through to embiggen)
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Just now [profile] wakanomori, [personal profile] osprey_archer, and I played it. Very satisfying!
Jul. 20th, 2017 03:09 pm

Hamilkitties!

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Curious Alex.





Erin, waiting for it.

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the lost art
of looking up
moon dust footprints


-- Ann K. Schwader

http://tinyurl.com/ybg4y63m
Jul. 20th, 2017 02:33 pm

Life imitates Illuminatus! again

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J. Beauregard Sessions sez, “Don’t let them immanentize the eschaton.”

ETA: And Clarence Thomas understands civil forfeiture better than he does.
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Jul. 20th, 2017 10:28 am

Magical

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Random quote of the day:

“In almost everyone’s childhood there is some magical spot; some nexus where the everyday world touches another universe.”

—Robert J. Howe, Introduction, Coney Island Wonder Stories

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Lucy and Ethel, Justin Bieber, or the Kardashian Klan. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

Mirrored from Better Than Dead.

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