Vid Recs: Marvel (MCU)

Nov. 23rd, 2014 10:04 am
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I saw two vids this week that I loved.

Repetition is a Tony Stark character study with both depth and visual flash. It's partly Tony/engineering OTP, and partly an exploration of how he relates to -- and needs -- the people in his life. As I said in my comment to [personal profile] thuviaptarth, it's got really crisp editing, wonderful use of continued motion, and the consistent metaphoric strength really drives it home. The overall tone is wonderfully upbeat and optimistic without shying away from Tony's darker aspects.

Smash Up! is another thing entirely, taking on the entire MCU in a medley that...well, I just don't want to give anything away, I find. Expertly cut by [personal profile] rhoboat, full of pizazz and feels. Super-fun. Don't miss it.

Plates

Nov. 23rd, 2014 06:25 am

QotD

Nov. 23rd, 2014 05:24 am
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From the Quotation of the day mailing list 2014-10-30:

"Some people have called the book the "bible of software engineering." I would agree with that in one respect: that is, everybody quotes it, some people read it, and a few people go by it." -- Frederick Brooks, on his classic book The Mythical Man-Month.

[ http://archive.fortune.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2005/12/12/8363107/index.htm]

(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)

Peter Dale Scott

Nov. 23rd, 2014 01:55 am
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Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff devote the hour to a conversation with author Peter Dale Scott about his latest book,”The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil and the Attack on U.S. Democracy.” This wide-ranging discussion examines the “deep state,” an evolving level of secret government separate from the elected government. Scott looks at the origins […]

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I Bought Shoes!

Nov. 22nd, 2014 05:17 pm
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I have terrible feet from the point of view of buying "lady shoes." They are wide and (apparently) also deep. It doesn't matter too much because high fashion and high heels are so not my things, but sometimes it's nice to wear something a little less matronly.

I recently made the discovery that even though the Brannock foot-measuring device says that I am a 9.5 Wide or Wide-wide, I can often fit European or U.S. "comfortable" brands if I go up to a size 10 or 11 (roughly 41-42 Euro sizes).

We have a little local boutique that specializes in Bohemian-style (fashion terminology, not world culture terminology) clothing and shoes. They had a pair that I liked, but it wasn't in stock in anything but brown. Also, the design has changed slightly this year, said the shoe guru at the shop, so they let me order a pair of this year's version in black to try. And they fit!

If you want, you can see them here.

The other good thing about this is that the manufacturer has lots of different styles that I can check out later.

Worst scholarly paper evar

Nov. 22nd, 2014 06:34 am
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The International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology has accepted (for pay) an article consisting entirely of repetitions of one sentence with the F-word in it. I am particularly amused, since I work for computer journals of the elitist sort where authors are expected to know what they are talking about.

And the courts say it's OK

Nov. 22nd, 2014 06:13 am
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Too smart to be a cop

ETA: Warning: that link autoplays sound, extremely loudly. (Thanx [livejournal.com profile] pnh) I liked the Internet a lot more before it became television.

Not the dead bookstore

Nov. 22nd, 2014 05:56 am
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Scott Alexander on borders. I particularly liked the hair dryer story, and he reminded me of James Park Sloan's marvelous line: "Many have thought they were Napoleon; only the first (a man named Bonaparte) was allowed to get away with it."

Thanx to Slate Star Codex

QotD

Nov. 22nd, 2014 05:24 am
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"My best relationship advice: Make sure you're the crazy one." -- Allie Nicole, 2014-11-21 [thanks to @AD7VT for retweeting it]

"Bring it on"

Nov. 21st, 2014 07:45 pm
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John Boehner says Barack Obama is damaging the presidency itself. I am reminded of the immortal words of Mandy Rice-Davies: He would, wouldn't he? Jim Wright passes verbiage upon him and all of his ilk.

Some Days ...

Nov. 21st, 2014 05:58 pm
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Some days I just want to tell Perrine, "You be the human for a little while; it's my turn to be the cat for an hour or two." But I'm sure that if she understood me she'd say, "No way, you're too big, you'll smoosh me if you try to sleep on top of me!"

This is a big part of the appeal of tigers, isn't it? Or is that just me?

Spell

Nov. 21st, 2014 10:06 pm
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SPELL
by Charles Causley

When I was walking by Tamar stream
the day was as sweet as honey and cream.
The air was brisk as a marriage bell.
(Kiss if you must, but never tell.)

When I was walking by Tamar flood
I plucked a rose the colour of blood.
The red ran out and the thorn ran in.
(Finish all, if you begin.)

When I was walking by Tamar brook
I met a man with a reaping hook.
The beard he wore was white as may.
(The hours they run like water away.)

When I was walking by Tamar race
I met a maid with a smiling face.
Out of her eyes fell tears like rain.
(You will never see this road again.)

When I was walking by Tamar lock
I picked a bunch of sorrel and dock,
Creeping Jenny and hart's-tongue fern.
(Days they go, but cannot return.)

When I was walking by Tamar spring,
I found me a stone and a plain gold ring.
I stared at the sun, I stared at my shoes.
(Which do you choose? Which do you choose?)

[I don't know whether Causley thought of the Tamar as magical because it's liminal, but I do. TJAT]

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Freshly ground coffee waiting to go into the cappuccino machine; my elbow hit it when I was moving the machine and it went everywhere on the floor. Broom and dustpan, and grind some more.

Get used to it.

Nov. 21st, 2014 07:57 am
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Gender is no longer determined by genital. We're reaching the point where a person's sex is what the person says it is. One thing this means is unisex bathrooms, like the anti-ERA people warned us against. I feel like the guy who voted for Goldwater, and next thing he knew, we had half a million troops in Vietnam.

Two thoughts on evolution

Nov. 21st, 2014 06:20 am
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My observations suggest that men are just hardwired to believe in evolutionary psychology. I guess, millions of years ago on the African Savannah, there was an evolutionary advantage to the hunting sex being able to jump to swift, simple conclusions based on minimal data, & leave the detailed understanding to the Gathering sex who were evolving the skills for nuanced, dynamic theorization.
Thanx to[livejournal.com profile] andrewducker
If evolution is real, why are there still creationists?
Thanx to[livejournal.com profile] wouldyoueva

Winner

Nov. 21st, 2014 06:17 am
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Ursula K. Le Guin gets a richly deserved lifetime achievement award and gives "the most ferocious speech ever given at the National Book Awards"

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] papersky

QotD

Nov. 21st, 2014 05:24 am
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"In ancient times, when someone lost an eye or a limb, it was common to take both of the guilty party's eyes or limbs in retribution. Leviticus teaches only an eye for an eye -- a radical limitation in its day on how people thought about justice and its limits that insists on basic human equality, even in the face of unequal behavior. It teaches us that justice is about more than vengeance.

"Leviticus is often contrasted to the New Testament teaching about turning the other cheek, which is widely assumed to be a lesson in passivity. Not true. Jesus lived in Palestine when it was ruled by the Romans, for whom it was a sign of weakness to strike another person with the back of the hand. Yet that's precisely what happens if I turn my cheek when you and I are facing each other and you go to hit me, and you, like most people, are right handed. You have to go past my left cheek and backhand me to get a good blow. In Roman times, that meant you were confronting your own weakness even as you exercised power over me. Jesus teaches us not to ignore the wrong done to us; he wants us to force those who would punish us to experience how they are diminished by their lack of mercy."

-- Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism (2007, Three Rivers Press (Crown Publishing / Random House), New York. LC: BL624.H53 ; Dewey: 201'.5-dc22 ; ISBN: 978-0-307-38298-6)

Another good one gone

Nov. 21st, 2014 05:19 am
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[livejournal.com profile] nellorat's sister, who appeared on lj as [livejournal.com profile] nigelpuggle, died last week after 30 years of illness. I will miss her.

As a result I've been away for a week. What did I miss?
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According to all reasonable predictions, Democrats should have gotten about 4% more of the vote overall in the midterm elections, including in the disputed states that went hard Republican. This is why they didn't -- Crosscheck. It was used to kick legitimate voters off the list of eligible voters, by claiming falsely that they voted in two states on the same day. All it took was similar names and a location near a border.

QotD

Nov. 20th, 2014 05:34 am
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[Today is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day on which we honour transgender people killed by anti-trans violence (mostly trans women of colour). Around two hundred murdered in the past year, IIRC; eleven in the US.]

"Let us continue to work for and pray for a time in which trans human rights will be an unchallenged reality and a time in which the Transgender Day of Remembrance events are no longer necessary. But until that day comes, let us remember our sisters who were killed because someone hated them enough to do so. " -- Monica Roberts, 2014-11-13

metaphors and fannishness

Nov. 19th, 2014 08:35 am
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The Flash may be the Arrow's nerdy cousin, but he's also Superman's little brother. Or else he's memorized the Christopher Reeve movie. (Or the showrunners have, but there goes my metaphor.)

Also, I love that Arrow is Bechdel-compliant with four (at times five) named women characters -- who are the equals of the men in every way -- who talk about things other than men... food, clothes, computers, cases. Okay, they talk about men, but they talk about them as cases or targets or in an objectified manner that has nothing to do with sex. That works for me. And there are no 'perfect' heroes. Everyone is a little bit broken, with the cracks showing, and trying to patch their lives together as they keep going. It may be the 'angst most of the time' show, but I can go with that, considering that it has competent, intelligent characters who have to work for their 'superpowers'.

While I'm at it, Forever is the most life-affirming show concerning immortality that I have seen in years, maybe ever. When you look at the stories in it, they're about enjoying life, enjoying being with people, the ordinary joys of daily living however long it is. This is something that I don't think was in Highlander or in Angel, except in small occasional flashes, and is missing altogether from vampire shows. The closest I can come to connecting them is if I swapped Ioan Gruffudd for Peter Wingfield -- which isn't that much of a stretch considering they're both Welsh and from Cardiff -- but Methos still had an overlay of cynicism that Henry Morgan is missing. Henry honestly loves his son (and I love that his son is Judd Hirsch), enjoys his work, has a reasonably good time with the people he works with, and wears his heart on his sleeve in his passions for what interests him, and his willingness to get involved in situations that could get him killed (again). I hope that when he's emerging from the East River or wherever, they've found him a place to swim that is not going to give him some RL terrible disease. (Or that they do it with CGI or effects. I'm remembering Katherine Hepburn's fall into a canal in Venice that gave her eye and nerve trouble later on.)

And then there's this.

QotD

Nov. 19th, 2014 05:24 am
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"I just realized: 'Life Hack' is Newspeak for 'Hints from Heloise.'" -- Rich Potter, 2014-11-14


Happy birthday to [info] aliza250!

N.C.

Nov. 18th, 2014 01:33 pm
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Just wondering, 'cause of what my brain did ...

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Join Flight Rising: LAST FEW MINUTES

Nov. 18th, 2014 07:47 am
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Raise your own pretty pixel beasts and hang out with us on the DW Flight Rising comm! We have free dragons to give away!

Window closes in about 45 minutes U.S. Eastern time!

DO IT NOW!

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Nov. 18th, 2014 07:28 am
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OK, Sleepy Hollow, just when I was despairing, that was a really good one. Here be spoilers: Read more... )
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Our five year old refrigerator has died. All of my instincts say "get it repaired" but M thinks it is the condensor coil and since it is "apartment sized" (full height, or nearly, but 2/3 the size of yours, if you are a house-dweller) it will be inexpensive to replace, probably about the same cost as the major repairs it would require. But we have purged the fridge, will be eating from the freezer for a couple of days, and then will be living on immediately purchased groceries or takeout until TBDelivered.

Figures I had *just* gone to the English shop in the West Village and stocked up on chipolatas for M.

Hey, we were talking about the Internet in class and one student was listing off social media like "facebook, twitter, instagram, tumblr, myspace if it still exists." So I said " . . . livejournal." And the kids were like "livejournal, is that something new?" The first student was all "livejournal is making a comeback," but I may have singlehandedly ruined that by saying "it's social media used by old folks like me . . . "

QotD

Nov. 18th, 2014 05:24 am
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"[...] Most cis people rarely question their gender identity because the gender binary system validates them, enabling them to operate without conflict or correction [gender-wise]. This makes it difficult for the majority of people -- including parents of trans youth and those close to trans people -- to grasp the varied identities, needs, and determinations of trans people." -- Janet Mock, Redefining Realness (2014, Atria Books, New York; ISBN: 978-1-4767-0913-3 ; LC: HQ77.8.M63A3 2014 ; Dewey: 306.76'8-dc23), p. 23

"I've heard parents say all they want is 'the best' for their children, but the best is subjective and anchored by how they know and learned the world. The expectations my father had of me had nothing to do with me and all to do with how he understood masculinity, what it meant to be a man, a strong black man. My father welcomed two sons into the world, and one was feminine and needed fixing. [...] My adult understanding of my childhood with my father doesn't erase the effects of his policing. I felt his gaze always following me, making me feel isolated as I quietly grappled with my identity." -- ibid., p. 39

Happy Birthday helliongoddess!

Nov. 17th, 2014 10:04 pm
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*hugs* and *hugs* and hope you had a special day!

Gentle Readers: the phoenix rises

Nov. 17th, 2014 11:41 pm
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Gentle Readers
a newsletter made for sharing
volume 2, number 4
17th November 2014: the phoenix rises
What I’ve been up to

I've been missing writing Gentle Readers. During the last month or so I've been dealing with particularly severe depression: getting out of bed has often been impossible, let alone writing newsletters. Many days have come and gone when I said I'd start writing again yet no words would come. But the phoenix has risen and here we are once more. Thank you all for your patience.

I've been reading Viktor Frankl's book Man's Search for Meaning, and I recommend it. Frankl was a professor of psychology who was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp; the first part of the book is a fascinating and disturbing description of his time in the camp. What seems to have kept him going was finding a meaning in his suffering: the knowledge that he was uniquely well-placed to learn about the psychology of extreme deprivation, and that he had to write it up and tell the world. And he realised that this was an example of the general principle that people need to find meaning in their lives to want to carry on, by which he meant a person's knowledge there was work before them that nobody else could do, or that they were irreplaceable to someone else in the world.

Have you read it? What did you think?

A poem of mine

MARY

Her soul proclaimed the greatness of the Lord
who dwelt within her belly, and her mind.
The light shines on, the humble are restored,
and food and mercy given to mankind.
That day she saw the everlasting light
she memorised, and treasured up inside,
investing for the fading of her sight
the hope that living light had never died;
till hope itself within her arms lay dying,
a frozen journey, ready to embark,
and nothing more is left for her but trying
to comprehend the greatness of the dark;
yet somewhere shines the light, in spite of that,
and silently she sighed magnificat.

A picture

https://gentlereaders.uk/pics/et-in-arcadia-egoNicolas Poussin's painting of shepherds reading "Et in Arcadia ego" inscribed on a tomb.
https://gentlereaders.uk/pics/et-in-arcadia-lego
Et in Arcadia Lego.

 

Something wonderful

We begin with something not in the least wonderful. Mustard gas is a substance used in chemical warfare; its effects begin to show around six hours after contact, causing painfully blistering chemical burns, conjunctivitis, and potentially fatal damage to the lungs. It works by interfering with the DNA so that cells can no longer reproduce themselves. To put it mildly, mustard gas is seriously unpleasant stuff.

The Allies never used mustard gas in the Second World War, but both the UK and the US were secretly manufacturing it just in case. In 1944, the Americans sent sixty tons of the stuff to their troops in Italy aboard a Liberty (merchant navy) ship named the SS John Harvey, reaching the British-controlled Italian port of Bari in late November of that year. But there was rather a queue, and the John Harvey lay waiting in the harbour for a week: the captain was prevented from telling the harbourmaster that his cargo was dangerous and should have priority in unloading because of official secrecy.

On 2 December the Luftwaffe bombed Bari harbour, sinking seventeen ships including the John Harvey, releasing a cloud of mustard gas to drift across the town. Nobody knows for sure how many thousands of people were injured or killed, again because of official secrecy: the whole accident was hushed up and didn't become public knowledge until the late 1960s. Nor did the doctors treating the injured people know that mustard gas was involved. At this point, the Americans despatched a chemical weapons expert named Dr Stewart Alexander to work out what was going on. His quick thinking identified the mustard gas and saved many lives; nevertheless, he still had to go through many autopsies.

But it was at these autopsies that Dr Alexander noticed something odd: people who died from mustard gas exposure had very few white blood cells, because the effects of the gas had prevented the cells dividing. If it stopped white blood cells from multiplying, might it stop cancerous cells from multiplying as well? Dr Alexander's work led eventually to the discovery of mechlorethamine, a derivative of mustard gas that became the first chemotherapy drug, and thus saved the lives of millions.

Something from someone else

THE YAK
by Hilaire Belloc

As a friend to the children, commend me the Yak.
You will find it exactly the thing:
It will carry and fetch, you can ride on its back,
Or lead it about with a string.

The Tartar who dwells on the plains of Tibet
(A desolate region of snow)
Has for centuries made it a nursery pet.
And surely the Tartar should know!

Then tell your papa where the Yak can be got,
And if he is awfully rich
He will buy you the creature-- or else he will not.
(I cannot be positive which.)

Colophon

Gentle Readers is published on Mondays and Thursdays, and I want you to share it. The archives are at https://gentlereaders.uk, and so is a form to get on the mailing list. If you have anything to say or reply, or you want to be added or removed from the mailing list, I’m at thomas@thurman.org.uk and I’d love to hear from you. The newsletter is reader-supported; please pledge something if you can afford to, and please don't if you can't. ISSN 2057-052X. Love and peace to you all.

QotD

Nov. 17th, 2014 05:24 am
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"Real patriotism entails exactly this: publicly challenging the status quo in a country you believe to be capable of better things." -- Jessica Goldstein, 2014-11-12

Continuing Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

Nov. 17th, 2014 06:30 am
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Co-hosts Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff  devote the program to the latest developments in the continuing Fukushima nuclear crisis, the consequences for Japan and the world, and safety measures that individuals can take. Libbe HaLevy  produces the online program “Nuclear Hotseat;” Kimberly Roberson is director of the Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network. They ask how families can […]

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